getting real about writing goals


Think back twelve months and tell me the truth: Did your writing practice make the progress in 2020 that you promised yourself it would? 

The correct answer? I don’t care and neither should you. We can give 2020 a pass. You know what impact this year had on you. It was different for each of us, but if you’re reading this, YOU WON. You're here. You made it. I'm sending you a virtual hug. 

Now, a new year is upon us. There’s a whiff of hope in the air. And what we’ve been through does not alter the fact that many of us are all too familiar with the feeling of setting writing goals that do not fully come to pass.

Are we undisciplined? Unrealistic? Un-whatever your personal demon is?

The answer may be less mysterious, and less personal, than all that. In this livestream I serve up some goal-setting realness for 2021. No more writing goals that get buried in “life got too busy” or “I got stuck” or “I guess I just don’t have the {insert imaginary virtue of your choice} to write.” 

This week’s livestream about writing craft and the writer’s life covers:

  • why writers resist getting to work
  • the self-flagellating excuse versus the noble obstacle
  • the two kinds of writing goals we writers tend to set (hint: one kind works, one doesn't)
  • the difference between discipline and habit
  • how to get new, positive writing habits off the ground
  • how to turn the whole thing around so your writing magnetizes you to come to it!
  • why you must treat yourself like the precious instrument you are

What goals have you set for 2021? I'd love to know!

My weekly livestream is on Wednesdays at 1 PM Pacific. Come live and ask questions! Or catch the replays here on the blog.

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