Good evening! 2015 Closure! My writing GROWTH increased in 2015. Yay! Each year I measure my daily word count from January to December to answer a question I continually challenge – Did I make progress? This question motivates me to write daily. You see – I am driven by GOALS – believe me, sometimes I think I am obsessed with GOALS! I must have started my TO DO list when I was five years old. Lol. If MOM was still here, I would call her to ask if this actually did happen because I see a purse-sized notebook in all of my memories…hmmm. I still keep a notebook in my purse – it contains my daily TO DO list and to capture my thoughts. I was informed, “If you cannot measure your GOAL – it is NOT a GOAL – it must be MEASURABLE” – this was eye-opening for me! This RULE made much sense – the MEASURE shows your PROGRESS – WOW! It is very MOTIVATING to SEE progress! Another surprise I discovered in this process is that the MEASURE also adds PURPOSE to your writing – thus resulting in AUTHENTICITY. I found many rewards in measuring my writing goals. When I reach the GOAL – I do not mark the goal complete – I simply BENCHMARK it and challenge myself to KEEP GOING by adding another element to measure that will allow me to GROW. This method ensures that I am always making PROGRESS in my writing. At the end of every year – I review my writing results and HIGHLIGHT what I feel were my strengths and weaknesses within the year. This is the closure strategy I utilize to see PROGRESS in my writing. I would love hear from any of my fellow writers about your yearly closure method to measure your writing. Are you satisfied with your writing results of 2015? What were your writing strengths of 2015? How did you measure your writing GOALS in 2015?
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Good evening! Have you ever thought about the affect your own self-esteem has on your writing? How often do you measure your self-esteem? Self-esteem is a key element for writers for many reasons. I want to touch on just one of the reasons today – whatever level our (writers) self-esteem equals at the time we are writing our story – our characters stand a high chance of mirroring that level. This is why it is a good idea to measure our own self-esteem level before we dive into a story. We cannot expect our characters to perform at a level that we are not able to, can we? Imagine that you have completed a self-evaluation and rated your self-esteem as ‘high’ — that would equate to your confidence in your story being high as well as your confidence in your characters ability to perform in your story. However, if your measurement equates to ‘low’ — chances are high that you will be throwing away a lot of paper or deleting and re-writing a lot of scenes because you will not have the confidence in yourself, your characters or your story. There is good news in such a realization, if your self-esteem measures ‘low’ — this will be great motivation to put methods in action to increase your self-esteem to boost your own confidence which will have a domino effect — your confidence will build in your characters and your story as well.