How’s it going? Hope you had a great weekend. Mine was relatively normal, with reading comics and scoping out the Sunday crossword. We went to see my uncle’s dad–he’s a widower now, unfortunately (which I barely touched on here). I don’t know all the circumstances, but stopping by to see him, and make sure he’s was doing okay was the more important part.
We brought doughnuts.
He seemed in remarkably good spirits, by the way. And we got to me (or re-meet) my uncle’s brother and his wife. That was nice.
Anyway, let’s go to it for today.
With 2016 in full swing, a lot of people make New Year’s Resolutions. I don’t–maybe because of all the other people saying that the first group of people give up before January’s even over. I dunno.
Or because the webmaster at Long Ridge Writers Group, Mary Rosenblum, said (I think) that people tend to go too big with writing-related goals, fall short, and just give up on the whole thing.
As fiction or email or other types of writers, giving up is not something you want to do.
(The only thing that I’m doing this year that could be considered a resolution, or a goal, more like, taking the first hour of every day to work on things of my own, rather than client work–which I talked about over here).
Sometimes, I’ll admit, I take only a half hour, or sometimes a bit less, but I do work on something that’s uniquely mine, and I’m trying to make that a regular habit.
Which is why I could ask, “Are you making progress on your goals for 2016 this year?”
But I’d rather say, “Are you eating your pizza?” Because pizza is so much more concrete than goals seem to be (for those of you who want to lose weight in 2016, you can just imagine you’re eating pizza–wait, that’s what everyone else would be doing for this example. So you’ll fit right in).
Just a small thing you can do regularly to move you one step closer to where you want to be. And if it’s a bigger goal, sketch a plan that divides it into steps.
I have general goals in mind, but taking time first thing to work for me and my stuff is my small thing–my first step.
That’s also why things like short stories, a book of prompts, and maybe a novel (eesh), are part of my general goals. I want to polish my new routine first, to make it work for me before I decide what to do with it.
This is a Decode, with information for both fiction writers and copywriters, but for today it’s not writer-specific–more like life-specific.
So if you’d like to, fit these ideas into your fiction schedule, copywriting schedule, and/or client work, and see where it takes you.
Until next time,