Writing and Goals
Obviously you’ve got goals for your writing - right?
Not just the goal of penning a best-seller and being able to retire on the profits, which is a perfectly understandable and common aim - that’s part of it, but only part. I mean goals as a writer: actual intentions to affect readers in particular ways.
A surprising number of writers don’t have these. Of course, everyone wants to write a best-seller and making money generally is a common goal for writers - but a piece of fiction’s power can be magnified hugely if the area of goal-setting is properly and thoroughly addressed. Fail to address this properly and it’s no surprise that a work doesn’t get off the ground.
That’s because setting goals is key to developing core motivation.
Setting goals helps you choose where you want to go in life, but if it’s done properly, it can create the motivation which act as an engine for the whole enterprise. This Goals Analysis can be incredibly motivating, and as you get into the habit of setting and achieving goals, you'll find that a kind of power builds up which can drive your fiction like electricity. There’s nothing mystical about this. You have probably felt at some stage in your life the energy associated when you have a correct motivation; the trick is understanding what happened and how to harness that energy properly and constructively.
The normal approach to goal-setting is to create a 'big picture' of what you want to do with your life, with large-scale goals that you want to achieve. Then many of the guides and gurus that there are out there will tell you to break the Big Goal down into smaller and smaller targets, each of which can then be planned out and timetabled. That’s all very well and is obviously valuable - but it sounds a lot like New Year’s resolutions - and we know what usually happens to them.
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