“But I would walk 500 miles, and I would walk 500 more…” ~ The Proclaimers, “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)”
Before you freak out, no this isn’t one of those “I’m exercising for my New Year’s resolution” kind of blog posts. Walking is not my thing. But this is about setting goals. And my goal for 2014 is to write 500 words a day.
Last year, a lot of things happened to derail my love of writing and my desire to complete the writing goals I had set for myself. But in truth, my writing goals for 2013 weren’t that realistic, and they weren’t very concrete.
And The Universe apparently knew this.
In fact, The Universe decided enough was enough and threw a couple of heaters at my head just to wake me up. It left me in the dirt, dazed, wondering how that didn’t get me killed. Now that I’ve shaken off the near-misses, I’m back on base, bat in hand. (Have I driven this baseball metaphor into the ground? I think, yes.)
Now it’s a new year, and I’m making plans.
If you haven’t read Dean Wesley Smith’s blog, you should check it out. “The New World of Publishing: How to Keep Your Writing Going for all of 2014” is a must read for writers. It’s a long read, but the essential takeaways for me were thus:
- Make solid, concrete goals for your writing.
- Forgive your past lack of success.
- If you make goals but miss a deadline, don’t sweat it.
I won’t bore you with the details of all my goals. But the primary one is to write 500 words every day in 2014. This could be work on a short story, a novel, or whatever creative endeavor I choose to pursue (but blog posts don’t count).
So far, so good. Sure, one day might be a fluke. But two days is the start of a trend. (I’m feeling very confident right now.) By the end of the week, I’ll have 2,000 words I didn’t have before.
And that, my friends, is how it begins.