We live in a busy world on the move amid a hodge-podge of multiple cultures and different generations working together to achieve the boss’s goals. A happy boss makes a happy you. Rapidly changing technology demands that we become continuous learners, adapting to the new ways of communicating and performing work. Artificial intelligence and robots are on the horizon threatening to alter how we live, work, and play. Maybe ‘threatening’ is the wrong word. But be sure, change is coming.
How will these changes affect you as a writer? Technology has changed how we write. We are far removed from the days of feather plumes and inkwells. I recall how dramatic having a word processor instead of a ribbon typewriter was for me as a young aspiring writer. Now as an aging aspiring writer, they have apps for that.
Our multi-generational, cross-cultural world will influence the type of characters we write about and the stories we tell about them. How can they not? As a kid writer, I conjured up several aliases and pen names I could write under, since I didn’t see a bunch of books on the public library shelves written by authors with strange-sounding, odd-spelled names. In comparison, today my name doesn’t seem as out-of-place as more and more international writers are finding space on the local bookshelves.
Advancements in technology have also made publishing more accessible to more people. This is both good and bad. The publishing houses do act as a filter, working diligently to ensure a certain quality of writing is published. However, you don’t necessarily need a publisher today. You can self-publish. Of course, this means you gotta get out and hustle to sell your books since you don’t have the marketing department of a publishing house behind you. Distribution is another challenge. Go to your local bookstore and tell ‘em you wrote a book and you’d like them to sell it. Odds are that won’t happen. Plus, with everybody and their dog being able to publish, there’s a lot of junk that gets in the way of skillful writing by people who have worked hard at their craft. But hey…who am I to judge. Creativity is a good thang, right? And that’s the truth.
2018 snuck in overnight and now it’s time to follow through on those SMART writing goals you set for the year ahead. Yes, it’s time to pay the piper. Tons of writers set goals. But, in and of themselves, goals aren’t achievements. How do you channel your inner writer to make your 2018 goals a reality? Glad you asked!
Fundamentals are basic keys to achieving great results. Skip the basics and the odds for success decrease substantially. Ask any athlete or performer serious about their sport or craft. They will readily tell you that greatness is rooted in the fundamentals.
Here are 3 Fundamentals That Will Transform Your Goals Into Successful Results!
You’ve set your SMART writing goals. They are doable. But will you follow through? The best hatched ideas and the best laid plans are for naught if you aren’t willing to sit down and write. Those 500 words a day you committed to sit down and pound out on your laptop aren’t going to write themselves. Writing is hard work that takes a ton of discipline. But you got this, right?
Goals are great. But setting them and achieving them are as far removed from one another as your house is from Uranus. You’re busy. I get it. If writing that Great American Novel really matters to you then you’re going to have to make time to do it. Otherwise, it’s not going to happen. Turning that Puffy Baby Man bod into Summer beach shape doesn’t come without sacrifice. Neither does writing those 3,500 words per week. Go ahead. Turn off the Netflix. You can do it.
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The goals you set demand action. Discipline and sacrifice aren’t enough. Setting SMART writing goals isn’t any good if you don’t do this ONE thing: WRITE. Having the discipline to get up in the wee hours of the morning or stay up to all hours of the night without writing words falls short of achieving your SMART writing goals. Sacrificing time with friends, shortchanging your sleep, and a multitude of other potential sacrifices are wasted if you don’t have a chapters to show for it. Transforming your goals into successful results requires action. Do it. I know you can.
Praying the best of success in your 2018 writing endeavors!