It’s that time of year again! I love setting goals, and thinking about all the things I want to get done in the next year. I’ve basked in my accomplishments from 2014, reflected on what I didn’t accomplish—and why—and come up with a new list of goals for this brand new blank slate of a year, 2015.
Actually, I’m picturing 2015 as a field of new-fallen snow, with me standing at the edge, dressed warmly and wearing my snowshoes, ready to make tracks across this New Year.
First, I need to ask myself this question: “How do I want to feel about my writing throughout this year?”
I want to feel enthusiastic, motivated, and another feeling I’m having difficulty naming. I want to feel like I do when I start training for a marathon or a half-marathon—like there’s work to be done, but as long as I stay the course, I will get it done and be ready on race day. Confident? Yes, confident.
I want to feel enthusiastic, motivated, and confident about my writing this year.
“What do I need to think in order to feel this way?”
I need to think things like: Slow and steady wins the race, and little and often.
Here are my WIGs for 2015:
- Schedule and go on a writing retreat.
- Host 2 writing retreats.
- Write 250 words 5 days a week.
- Write (and post) at least one blog post each week.
- Win NaNo (= complete 50,000 words on a novel in November, 2015)
- Submit to Level Best books.
- Attend Crime Bake.
- Complete draft of nonfiction book.
- Finish and publish hummingbird book.
- Submit to critique group every two weeks and critique others’ work thoughtfully.
These WIGs feel like a stretch, but in a good way. If I only put goals I know I can achieve, I won’t move beyond my comfort zone, which I think is important. I want to learn and grow and see what the year brings when I try new things.
What are your WIGs for 2015?
Diane MacKinnon, MD is a a writer, blogger, life coach, family physician, wife, mother, and stepmother. I’m currently goal-setting like crazy, while also starting to chip away at all the goals I’m setting! Like I said, “Slow and steady wins the race!”