When I looked at my WIGs for 2013, initially I was disappointed. I like to check off boxes and complete my To Do lists, so I was frustrated to see I only accomplished 5 of my WIGs for 2013—out of 37!
But when I reviewed my list, I realized almost all of them were truly WIGs—so completely and Wildly Improbable! I also realized that if I’d been offered some of the opportunities I set as goals, I would have refused them—so how could they be goals?
I wrote more of a Bucket List than a goal list last year so I’m changing things up for 2014. I’m still making a list (I don’t think I could stop myself) but I’m going to change my rules for myself. To make my list for 2014, each WIG (which now stands for “Wildly Improbable Goal” AND “Wildly Inspiring Goal”) has to be:
- Something I really want to accomplish in the year 2014;
- Something under my control (for example, I can’t control whether I get hired as a newspaper columnist, I can control how many times I query or submit to a newspaper);
- Something that feels good to think about striving for as well as attaining.
Looking at #3, I then ask myself the question: “How do I want to feel about my writing this year?”
I want to feel excited, capable, and peaceful about my writing.
With all of the above in mind, here are my writing WIGS for 2014:
- Rewrite my novel.
- Submit a short story to Level Best books.
- Submit to a writing contest 3 times.
- Schedule and complete a writing retreat.
- Set writing goals every week—put in calendar.
- Submit to critique group twice a month
- Host a writing retreat.
- Do JaNoWriMo, setting a writing goal each day.
- Write 12 blog posts for FDNH blog.
- Start nonfiction book.
While these goals are very concrete, they are also a stretch for me. Looking at the list, I feel excited, capable, and peaceful, so I think I’m off to a good start.
What are your writing goals for 2014?
Diane MacKinnon: is a writer, blogger, mother, stepmother, life coach, and family physician. I’m getting organized for the new year and I’m so enjoying being in planning mode! Happy New Year, everyone!