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 morning! I want different results – so I am going to do something differently! I’ve tried this strategy in many areas of my life for years — this year I am going to apply this strategy to my novel. The past two years of completing a novel – I aimed for the winning goal of 50,000 word count. This year I have decided to increase my word count by 5,000 words. I know it’s not much – but it is enough to push me beyond my comfort zone of 50,000 words in 30 days. Why am I making this investment in my novel? Because I am passionate about personal development. Another benefit of my perfectionism is that it pushes me to look at my previous achievements and ask myself – “Can you do better than your last performance?” – when I can confidently answer, “Yes! I believe that I can make progress!” – my mind kicks into a higher gear motivating me to rise above the status-quo. I have noticed that extraordinary people do not settle for the status-quo! Thomas Edison – The light bulb was not his first – nor his last – invention. He rose above the status-quo in his field! Ernest Hemingway – The Old Man And The Sea was not his first – nor his last – book. He rose above the status-quo, too, in the writing industry! I could list many more extraordinary individuals who have a common trait of making continuous progress in their field–I want to follow their pattern. Therefore, I, too, shall rise above the status-quo in my strategy of writing my next novel. I want to pacify this desire to improve on my previous achievement – allowing myself to try new techniques that will result in progress.
Good evening! Have you ever watched kids play with a set of “LEGOs”? I have observed this multiple times and noticed how similar it is to the way writer’s work. Notice how a child looks in amazement at the bundle of “LEGOs” when they pour them from the container. They move the many pieces around carefully as they are very selective in which one they will choose to begin to build their very own masterpiece. Notice how often they take a small step back from their project to observe their progress before they add the final piece. Notice that one-of-a-kind smile that follows achievement and admiration of “work well done.” Compare those same steps to how we (writers) complete our projects. We, likewise, pour tons of word from the dictionary and stare at them in amazement. We, likewise, are very selective in which of those words we choose to include in our breathtaking story. We, likewise, step away from our story (to journal or free-write) to observe our progress – such as, are the scenes cohesive to complete the story. The results, likewise, generate a one-of-a-kind smile that reflects “work well done”. Let us continue learning from the innocent behavior of children that reap amazing results.
Good evening! How do you determine that you have made progress in your writing process? Allow me to share a surreal experience, as I feel that you (my fellow writers) will really appreciate. While attending an event, my heart skipped a beat when the speaker was introduced, because this is the name I had given to a main character in one of my stories. The name familiarity was not what caused my heart to skip a beat – as it was very ironic how identical this individual’s physical traits where to my character. The moment they stepped to the podium to speak — I began to tremble — thoughts were racing through my mind, “Did my character jump out of my story and come to life?” At the conclusion of the event, I fearfully and excitedly approached this individual to get a 3D observation. Thank goodness I was not alone because the closer I stood to this person – the more they matched my character – I was not certain that I could survive such a surreal introduction, “To actually shake my character’s hand! I had never met this person before — how can it be that my character is standing directly in front of me – talking directly to me!” It literally took me a few hours to fall off the cloud I was on…I mean, how often does this happen to writers! This experience felt like ‘progress’ for me; the identical traits confirmed that my character was authentic..which is important to me, as a writer. I want my audience to be able to connect my characters to some real person in their life. This speaker was real, the physical traits were real, the personality was real….the handshake was real! This may be common amongst you amazing seasoned writers, but it was surely a first for me — that I will treasure – and chart as progress in my writing journey.