The desire to do something because you find it deeply satisfying and personally challenging inspires the highest levels of creativity, whether it's in the arts, sciences, or business.
~ Teresa Amabile
In September, I’m participating in the Sapphire Even Day Blogging Challenge and the Two Pages-A-Day Writing Challenge.
oals are meant to be SMART: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely. As I begin this journey of 122 days of writing, I have no theme or topic I want to write about.
No worries. Today’s writing exercise will be to follow the five steps of goal setting to figure out what I want the end product to look like in December.
My general goal is become a better writer, and to have a publishable work in 122 days. Sounds crazy, but writers have written entire novels in 30 days; I have 92 extra days to get it right.
The question is ~ what do I want to write about?
I love people and figuring out what makes them tick. That could mean writing about relationships, emotional healing, psychological disorders. Although I’m not a trained psychologist, I could offer my personal experience. I could even co-author with a psychologist. They would provide the scientific background, I would provide the poetic prose.
Or I could write a book of meditations. That only requires an open heart, a spiritual outlook, and a poetic soul. Check, check, and check.
Measurable – Quantitative, Not Vague!
This is built in ~ two pages a day. Of course, there’s no limit. I could write ten pages if the mood strikes me. But regardless, I have to write two pages minimum. And we are talking writing, not editing. I have a kitchen timer, so I may try setting it for an hour today and seeing how far that gets me. I’ll adjust accordingly.
Attainable – Challenge Brings About Growth!
Two pages a day is definitely attainable. I have two blogging challenges under my belt and that was writing a post every day for thirty days. Granted, the posts may not have been two pages long. But as I’ve said before, the act of writing begets writing.
Realistic – What Are You Willing to Work Toward?
This relates back to the Specific question: what is my topic going to be? Is it realistic for me to write about relationships? Or to write artistic meditations?
Timely – Save the Date!
This is already set for me ~ December 31, 2013. Done and done.
Now it’s time to put my thinking/writing chapeau on and get those two pages written!
Oremus pro invicem,
Have you ever followed the SMART plan to attain your goals? Did it work?