Christmas Treat 5: Planning and Plotting


This week—mainly because I’m automating all this while relaxing in Florida—I thought it would be interesting to do something a bit different. Namely, I am going to provide some writing exercise ideas to get you started on the road to better writing. Let’s see what we’ve got.

Recovery: Since you are likely still recovering from Aunt Mia’s famous turkey dressing, today let’s focus not on actual writing, but on goals. Next week will be the beginning of 2009, when people make promises they soon forget. This year, why not make some writing goals for yourself—and stick with them? You can vow to do something as simple as starting a journal of ideas or something as grand as submitting a novel to an agent or to sell an article to a magazine or to attend a writing conference. Think up three goals for your writing, put them somewhere you’ll see them everyday, and make it happen.

My Goals for 2009:

  • Edit, finalize, and publish my first novel.
  • Finish my second novel.
  • Write at least two short stories for publication.

The reason: A surprisingly huge part of writing involves motivation. Great ideas are a good start, but writing the words is better. Setting goals helps you to get where you want to be.

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