(This blog is based on a writers’ workshop conducted by Beth Fowler)
Do you normally set goals or let things just happen (or just not happen)?
What kinds of things (if any) have you set goals for in the past?
What are some of your beliefs about setting goals?
Which beliefs need to be re-tooled? For example, I was taught, “If you start something you should finish it.” I no longer believe that.
A goal is worthless if ________________(fill in the blank until you run out of ideas).
According to one study, people who write their goals are 42 percent more likely to achieve their goals.
Ruth, shown in the photo, set goals and has taken steps to reach them. See for yourself at https://www.facebook.com/#!/buckleupforbrittany
Cite some examples of how God (or the universe or whatever entity you think runs the big show) has supported your writing goals so far.
Now, write your writing goal and steps you’ll take to reach it.
Be specific when setting your writing goal. Include dates, amounts, numbers, names. Someone else would be able to measure if you achieved your goal because of the objective, concrete way you state it here.
Example: Send out a query a week for 8 weeks to print magazines that pay freelance writers.
Example: Submit my story about adopting a baby from China to YorkFest Literary Competition, Spring 2015
What steps will you take to reach your goal?
Example: 1. Write rough draft query “template.” 2. Read submission guidelines for magazines. 3. Read articles in targeted magazines. 4. Tailor query to magazine’s guidelines and audience.5. Send queries. 6. Log queries sent and responses received.
Article by Beth Fowler, author of the beloved, coming-of-age novel “Ken’s War.”
When teen rebellion & culture shock collide. Shop here: Ken’s War
“Ken’s War is vibrant with authority … Fowler’s elegantly written novel risks exploring the full range of teenage behavior and emotion.” Nancy Springer, award- winning author of YA books.