In the spirit of oversharing, which I’m very fond of (and fond of the internet for), I’m posting some of my latest writing goals here so that you can all keep me accountable if I try to let them slide away into the abyss.
Having (just five minutes ago) finished timetabling my next uni semester, I’ve realised I’m committing to some big things here:
– I plan on reading at least one essay a week. This is pretty easy to do during the semester, but outside of it I tend to let this slide. I really want to expand my short non-fiction knowledge base, as it’s something I’m interested in writing a fair bit of myself. So. That.
– This second point is bigger: I’m committing to doing at least one writing exercise every day. Furious Horses style, only without the public sharing. Perhaps at the end of each week I’ll post on here the exercises I’ve done, and whether they’ve been helpful or not, because I know a lot of this site’s readers are writers, and you never can have enough ideas for writing exercises.
– Competitions! I want to start entering competitions. There’s money to be made, folks. And recognition to be given. Might as well give it a crack. If I don’t, crap people might win. And we can’t have that.
– Every quarter, I plan on sending off a piece to a publication which I don’t really honestly believe will accept me. This is how we make impossible things real. This is what happened with The Big Issue, and it’s inspired me.
I’m hoping that making these plans public will create some extra accountability. If I try to pretend this post never happened, give me hell.
12/07/2011 at 6:48 am
I love public goals, and other than out little Facebook, I’ve gotten out of the habit of posting them, except for the short story a day thing, which is failing…
12/07/2011 at 6:58 am
I used to love your writing goals posts – keep posting them, Ben. I’m reading.
12/07/2011 at 11:06 am
I don’t even know who you are and I’m rooting for you. Go get your goals. Best of luck.
12/07/2011 at 11:24 am
Haha, how fantastic! Thanks, Kat.