I spent a lot of 2015 figuring out the direction I wanted for my life. I actually started this blog about two years ago, but for the first year or so it laid dormant, until a friend of mine asked if I would write a guest blog for his website’s blog (Which has some amazing/inspirational posts). At that point, I blew the dust off this blog and started to try post regularly.
I plan to do a lot of things in 2016. Finish a novel, including all the revisions of it, so I can start publishing. Submit short stories, hope they get published as well. Make comics. And blog a lot more.
I started this blog to highlight my writing, but as it has gone on, I’ve used it to share what I’ve learned about writing along the way. I also wanted to hear from others and find out what they’ve learned along the way. Our greatest resource is always the people around us. I want to share things I love, and perhaps don’t love so much, over the next year.
One thing I’ve learned in the last year that I want to share with you is this:
If you don’t make a goal, a real and measurable goal, you aren’t going to get anywhere.
Let’s break that down for a second here. The goal has to be real. I want to write professionally and write comics professionally someday. That is a real goal, but it would not be real if I put that I wanted to work for Marvel in 2 months. That’s not achievable for me, yet.
How do I make a real goal that reflects that dream? I could say that I’ll make my own comics, reach out to artists to collaborate, learn more about writing comics over the next year.
Next, it has to be measurable. I learned a lot about measurable goals when I taught special education. Each student has to have individual goals that you can show real progress on. If you can’t measure a goal, you can’t show progress.
One of my goals this year was to revise the novel I made last year. At first I just wrote down “Revise VF novel” which is vague and not really measurable. With encouragement from my best friend I wrote down deadlines for the completed first revision, when I wanted to send it to beta readers, when I wanted to start draft two, and finally, when I wanted to start publishing it. That’s measurable progress. If I miss deadlines, I’m not making the progress I need to complete that goal.
So make some goals. Make them measurable and real. Make sure they are something you can achieve in the time frame you plan to finish them in.
What are your goals for the year? How are you going to work towards them? Tell me how you do it, I’d love to hear your feedback!