If you feel as though you’re stuck for writing time, or just making headway in your book, maybe it’s time to set some – writing – goals. Setting writing goals is a powerful process for thinking about what you’re going to write, how and when.
I’m a believer in the power of the mind. Often, I think, our minds either enable us to do what we want, or are a big disabler. We get ‘snow blinded’ by the big picture, our brain goes into over-drive and we don’t even know where to start. We can’t see the forest for the trees.
After all, writing a book is a big task. An insurmountable task. And it is – if you try to do it all at once.
From experience, this rarely happens. It takes planning to even think about writing your book and motivation to turn writing your book into a reality.
I admit, I’m a planner. A goal setter. By knowing exactly what you want to achieve, you know where to concentrate your efforts. You’ll quickly be able to avoid distractions – ahem, facebook, get your finger off that mouse! – and get down to the business at hand.
I wasn’t always a planner when it came to writing. I would wait ‘until inspiration struck’. Then, I thought, I’d be able to sit down at the computer and my book would somehow magically write itself. Errr. Wrong. Let me first say that, yes, writing a book does rely on inspiration and creativity and those feelings don’t come along very often. When they do, you have to grab them by the neck and wring everything you can out of them until you’ve exhausted every last drop.
But what happens when the kids come home from school, and you have to help them with homework, and take them to sports, and feed them, and wash their clothes and cook their meals and read them bed time stories... Life happens. Time effectively runs out pretty quickly.
Also, between all of those other things happening called life, you forget where you were up to with your writing, what you had to do next and what actually inspired you to write the story in the first place. You don’t write them next day, or the next, and suddenly you stop all together because your dream is all. Too. Hard.
Yep – been there. Done that. It’s not a good place to be in. My solution? Plan.
I’m not going to say anything dorky like ‘Plan to Succeed’ or you ‘Plan to Fail’. Get real. No-one plans to fail on purpose. I always think people who say stuff like that don’t have any responsibilities. Life does get busy! Life is hectic! It’s bloody hard to eek out time for yourself, let alone write your book.
So, after months of trying to get some words down when I ‘had time’ for it. The thing is, I never had time. I had to do something. And that something was, I made time.
I set goals.
I became selfish when it came to my writing time.
I even told my kids I was invisible between the hours and two and three in the afternoon.
You know what? I got stuff done. I wrote my book. And the next. And the next. Setting goals worked for me and it can work for you, too.
More to come...