Before we get started, a brief word about the “Show Off” Writing Contest. Today (Friday) is the last day to submit something for the contest. Already, there have been eleven submissions. If you’ve already submitted something, don’t forget you can submit more than once.

I’m very excited to read your work. After the first few, I tried to avoid reading the posts so I won’t be biased. The winner will be announced on Monday.

Enjoy today’s practice!

Good stories are made up of characters who want something and are willing to go through conflict to get it.

The question, then, is would your life make a good story? What do you want? What are your goals? Are you willing to go through conflict to acheive them?

Writing Goals

Photo by Daquel Manera

I recently had a conversation with a friend who wanted to hire me as his editor and ghostwriter. My friend had been giving his best for months with poor results. He blogged regularly. He wrote an ebook. He went to bloggers’ meetups. He thought he was doing all the right things, but his blog wasn’t gaining traction. He was discouraged and desperate enough for results to consider paying me a lot of money to help him.

When someone is asking me for help, I like to start by getting to know them and their goals. So I asked my friend five questions:

  1. What are your life goals?
  2. What are your goals for your writing career?
  3. What are your blogging goals?
  4. What were your goals for your last project?
  5. What are your goals for your next project? (the one he wanted to hire me on)

These are questions your should ask yourself from time to time. You ask yourself regularly about your goals for two reasons:

What Are Your Core Goals?

Your goals for your blog might shift over time. You may have started it on a whim to have fun and get your thoughts out. Then, you found it was a great way to connect with like-minded people all over the world. Your goal became relationship. Then, you got tired of it and shut it down. Your goal became non-existent.

Some goals change.

However, I find that people’s writing and life goals stay fairly steady. For example, for the last ten years I have wanted to write really good novels. That’s not going to change. My friend wants to publish books. He’s never going to stop wanting that, even if his goals for his blog vary from week to week.

Are You Headed the Right Direction?

What are you doing now to achieve your goals?

If you’re not doing anything, you may have to rethink what activities you give your time. One of your core goals might be to publish a novel someday, but you’re not writing. You’re not reading. You’re not practicing. There is a proverb in the Bible about this:

The craving of a sluggard will be the death of him,
because his hands refuse to work.
All day long he craves for more,
but the righteous give without sparing.

If this is you, it’s time to get moving and do something. Start here.

But if you’re like most of us, you just need to make a few tweaks. Choose to spend time reading rather than watching TV. Choose to write that poem when you get inspired rather than ignoring it. Choose to write a guest post rather than spend all that time on facebook.

Like novels, good life stories are made by protagonists who want something and are willing to go through conflict to get it. Are you going to be a good protagonist?

PRACTICE

What are your goals? One of my goals for this blog is to help you accomplish your writing dreams. So for today’s practice, list your goals in those five categories.

  1. Your life goals.
  2. Your writing career goals.
  3. Your blogging goals.
  4. Your goals for you last project.
  5. Your goals for your next project.

And what are you doing now to achieve some of those goals.

Please share your goals with me and the rest of the Write Practice community in the comments (and if someone else has goals that pique your interest, feel free to comment on them).

Joe Bunting
Joe Bunting
Joe Bunting is a writer and entrepreneur. He is the author of the #1 Amazon Bestseller Let's Write a Short Story! and the co-founder of Story Cartel. You can follow him on Twitter (@joebunting).