Friday, December 27, 2013

FRIDAY STIR FRY - Writing

Typewriter With Screen
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One of the writer groups I belong to has a December tradition. We all write goals for the next year on two index cards. One goes to the president to keep until next December and we keep one. At our meeting the following year we read them out loud and admit to everybody what failures we are.

Some people actually achieve most of their goals (I hate them).

I never even get close.

Is it because I set my goals too high? Nope. Example: Last year I wanted to read a book a month. Not difficult, right? Wrong. I think I completed 4 books. Not even 50%. Out of five goals, I only achieved one:  Keep submitting BTH. Palm to forehead. What is wrong with me? Shall I list the reasons again? Sure.

  •  My day job sucks my energy.
  •  My day job sucks my energy.
  •  Oh, wait, I've already used that one.
  •  I'm lazy.
  •  Repeat.
  •  I'm the World's Best Procrastinator.
  •  There's a new t.v. channel that I'm in love with.
  •  Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc. 
  •  And let's not forget my favorite bar.  
All of these I've covered at length in previous posts, so explanations are not needed. What is needed is somebody to give me a swift kick in the ass. Maybe that will dislodge my head from it and I can get closer to my dream of being published.

What gets in the way of your goals? And don't say nothing because I won't be your friend anymore.
                                                     

8 comments:

  1. I'm a little bit frightened by what's going on in the comment about mine... Anyway, goals. I hate goals, because I suck at them. So I don't set goals. I just say there are things I'd like to do, and then I challenge myself to do them. Like using a spreadsheet for my word count this year. I didn't like that little bar that said I didn't make the required monthly goal. I didn't want the robot to beat me, and during NaNo, I felt bad for myself because I hadn't won in a while, so I *made* myself do that.

    I figure if I get out of bed and put on clean clothes (fail today, my socks are dirty), and keep breathing, I'm achieving at least some kind of goal. Goals are hard. I'm lucky I remember what day it is, much less actually achieving anything. I forgot it's Friday already. 'Why is Wanda posting on Monday?' Seriously, that's what went through my head.

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    1. No need to be afraid. I removed the spam post. Geez, the crazy people out there!
      Goals are hard. Clean clothes are hard. ;-)

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  2. I was really sorry I missed the December meeting because I lost my copy of the card and wanted to see how I'd done. One of my goals for this year is getting my procrastination under control. Yeah, that'll probably go as well as my eternal goal of losing weight.

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    1. We missed you. Good luck with both goals!

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  3. I need to stop procrastinating, but I'll worry about that later. I need to finish the novel I'm working on and start another. There are too many ideas floating around in my head. The only way to get them out is to put them on paper.

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  4. Love it! My problem is no ideas. I envy people who have a bunch to pick from. I struggle to come up with one.

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  5. I'm with you all on not meeting goals. I can't believe the year is gone already. I don't remember what I wrote, but I know I didn't make them. Barb B

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    1. I'm with you. If I didn't have that Sleuths' reminder I wouldn't remember them either.

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