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As writers, our job is take all those tiny sparks of ideas and make something jaw dropping out of them. No pressure. [[::wink::]] And whether we realize it or not, we’re always trying go bigger and better. Take your goals for instance. When you made them, I’m willing to bet you thought “This is what I’m going to accomplish”.
And now you’re probably thinking that you bit off more than you can chew. It happens to all of us, even to us sponsors. You didn’t think we had super powers did you? [[::laughs::]] You could change your goals, of course. But what if you could actually accomplish them? Well, you can.
No one goes on road trip without packing some essentials, filling up the car or knowing where they’re going, at least not most people. Ever heard of a climber taking on Mount Everest without gear? Nope! You can reach your goals BUT you have to prepare. Doing the prep work gives you the tools in order to succeed. And you do what to succeed, don’t you?
Fear not, dear pantsers, I’m not about to tell you to start outlining that novel of yours. [[::bites tongue::]] See? You have nothing to worry about. So what preparation am I talking about?
Get Sleep – While it might sound counter productive to sleep when you’ve got this big goal hanging over your head, a rested writer is a more productive writer. Don’t cheat yourself. You need a recharge as much as your computer does.
Make an Appointment – ROW80 knows you have a life, a busy one at that. And as much as we’d love to be able to clear our calendars to reach our goals, we all know real life doesn’t work that way. In order to get your goals done, you have to give your goals the time they deserve. Make an appointment with yourself each day and treat it like a real appointment that you have to be at, even if it’s only for 5 minutes.
Get Exercise – Unless you’re one of the writing undead, your body and brain needs blood and oxygen to function correctly. If you’ve been sitting long enough to collect dust or you seem to be getting stuck on something, take a break. Walk around. Go to the gym. It’ll help to get those juices flowing again.
Eat Right – I’m sure you think that gallon of espresso and 5 pounds of chocolate is what you need to get your goals done but once that buzz is over, you’re going to feel it. Sure, have a little. Treat yourself. But do remember your body and brain need fuel, not just nitro. If you feel good, you’ll do good.
Show Up – Mentally. It’s been a crazy day and the last thing you want to do is write. I get that. But you know what? Your brain is lying. You actually want to write. If you didn’t, you wouldn’t have made that goal. Have some hot tea. Relax. Meditate. Listen to music. Find what works for you and show up, mentally.
Stay Positive – We writers are our own worst critic. I guarantee you no one can slam us better than ourselves. One thing is certain. If you don’t believe that you can reach your goal, you won’t. Stay positive. Focus on what you did do and not on what you didn’t. Big things are built using smaller pieces. You can do it.
Have an Idea – Whether you plot or pants it, know what you’re going to write before you sit down to write it. Just jot yourself a note at the end of each writing session about what you want to accomplish during the next. It can be a paragraph or just a few words. But having an end goal at the start of each session will help you stay on target.
That said, if you remember nothing else, remember this: You can do this.