*sitting in yoga pretzel pose* Take deep breaths and visualize. Good. Now think about your writing goals. Stop making that cringing face…you can totally do this. *falling out of my yoga pose and stomping away*
Okay, so I am really into goal making. I love setting goals, organizing goals, seeing goals through (Yeah, I’m a little OCD with that). But it has really helped my writing.
When I was a young teen, I read a book (I read lots of books, but this one was one of those “Goals and Their Destiny” books – or something like that). Anyways, it had all these steps to achieve your goals. I really can’t remember all of the steps, but there is one I remember and have used over and over.
Visualize. (Please read in breathy awe inspiring voice…thanks.)
To achieve your goal, you have to visualize yourself getting to the goal. Really. See yourself getting the goal in mind. (I know weird, right?)
Like my writing. I used to write on my couch (with my handful of chocolate chips and my cup of hot cocoa by my side…man I really do love that chocolate). But I wasn’t getting much writing done.
Then one day it hit me. If I had an agent and was writing full time, would I really be lounging on the couch, chomping on chocolate chips and painting my toenails (warning, please do not paint toes and write on laptops at the same time. It turns into a sticky mess).
NO. I always saw myself at my dining room table, sitting up straight with the sun shining through my front window as I typed my awesome stories (maybe with a pencil tucked behind my ear – for style).
But I wasn’t acting like that at all!
So the next day, I hooked my lappy up at my table and started writing. You won’t believe what happened! I typed twice the amount of words I had planned to. Yeah, I know, Sweet! And the best part…I was doing that amount of words everyday! (Plus I gave myself a deadline – like we will have when we have agents and publishers. Right? Right!) (Please remember there were always setbacks, but that made achieving the goal even better.)
I’m at the revising stage and have had to rework my goals (and working on those setbacks). But visualizing and tracking my progress has made all the difference. (Oh yeah! I so see some beta readers in my future.) I don’t know if this will always help me in my writing, but it has really helped my current wip. (I just hope it works next time, too!)
Now that you’ve heard what I do to help me reach my writing goals, what do you do? (Please say it doesn’t include eating chocolate, because I really need to cut back on that stuff…tomorrow. Hee hee hee. Maybe chocolate covered pretzels. Mmmm.)