How the hellz did I end up in a Triberr Tribe with a published author? O.O
The esteemed Nina Amir, author of HOW TO BLOG A BOOK and blogger extraordinaire, ended 2012 with a three-post series helping writers prepare to meet their 2013 writing goals. Nina Amir MOST DEF has her shit together. Her advice is so spot-on, it can be applied not only to writing goals, but to all goals in general.
Three cheers for Nina Amir!
*and there was much throwing of glitter!*
Read Part 1 of my Nina Amir tribute to Meeting Your 2013 Writing Goals here.
Read Part 2 of my Nina Amir tribute to Meeting Your 2013 Writing Goals here.
Step 3: Create an Action Plan
For each goal:
- List 3-5 things you know you must do to achieve the writing goal.
- Write down 1-3 things that will help you achieve your writing goal that you would enjoy doing.
- List 1-3 things that will help you achieve your writing goal that you feel inspired to do.
Following are my goals (once more) for 2013:
- Attend a writing critique group every month: Next meeting is Feb. 7.
a. Must: Prepare next 3 pages; print and staple 11 copies; confirm time, address, and reservation.
b. Enjoy: Add page numbers and footers; see who else is attending.
c. Inspired: Spruce up dialogue!
- *Attend a book club meeting every month: Next meeting is Feb. 10.*
a. Must: Call to inquire as to book title; reserve copy; read or at least skim material.
b. Enjoy: Look up alternate summaries, reviews, author bio, and official website.
c. Inspired: Look for potential book club questions.
- *Add another online job by Jan. 31. /// FAIL! /// New Date: Feb. 9.*
a. Must: Examine list of possibilities; pick 5; apply and pursue.
b. Enjoy: Delete losers from bookmarks.
c. Inspired: Contact a certain person and ask certain questions (sorry so cryptic!).
- Lose 50 pounds in 2013 /// Lose 3-5 pounds each month /// Walk 2+ miles daily.
a. Must: Set alarm; disregard weather; set out first thing each morning by 9am.
b. Enjoy: Add new book to iPod.
c. Inspired: Get new sneaks as these are killing my left heal.
- *Minimize, organize, and clean the crap in my office by Feb. 15.*
a. Must: Empty shelves, boxes, and drawers; donate last of the books; dust and vacuum.
b. Enjoy: Choose which books stay in office and arrange them on desk and shelves.
c. Inspired: Consolidate bulletin board over desk (prep for decorating project!).
- Complete PLOT & STRUCTURE by Jan. 31. /// FAIL! /// New Date: Feb. 15.
a. Must: Read it and do the exercises (duh!).
b. Enjoy: Take notes.
c. Inspired: Read more of Bell’s blog posts.
- Complete WIP by Sep. 30 /// 6K new words by Feb. 28.
a. Must: Write 300 words daily, or thereabouts.
b. Enjoy: Outline timeline and fill in the blanks with story.
c. Inspired: Warm up by adding to Sekret Project (Bites of the Apple).
- Ride an elephant. For realz.
a. Must: Use Google to find out what’s near me; make some phone calls.
b. Enjoy: My 8-year-old daughter says I should just make a wish in a wishing well.
c. Inspired: Ask around on Facebook and Twitter; find a wishing well.
*What about those pesky items with the asterisks?*
“And as for those writing goals you felt less passionate about, this is where you give them a little extra attention. Place the action steps for those goals early in the week and early in the year. Get them done and over with!”
My feelings about the final phase:
I really thought this process was going to be overkill, since I’ve been droning on and on about my goals and plans for going on six weeks now. But the opposite is true. As January came to a close, I felt emotionally drained (hence the tardy arrival of this post by a week!) and was ready to throw in the proverbial towel. However, concentrating on my goals on a regular basis has kept me from giving in to that lazy attitude, and putting new thoughts and feelings to each step has inspired me to keep going.
I think I’m going to utilize this check-in with my goals on the last Wednesday of each month henceforth, as an additional part of my “What’s Up Wenzday” series. Attaching want and desires to actionable steps really lays it out straight, forcing me to seriously scrutinize why I am aiming certain directions. If I can’t think of a single thing I enjoy or am inspired by for a particular goal, perhaps it’s time to re-examine that goal.