Okay, we are beginning the month of February. I blogged last week about attaining your goals for the year and given readers some ideas of how to get started.
It is very important that you set S.M.A.R.T goals – they are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely. (More about S.M.A.R.T goals coming next week.)
But how do you keep going?
How do you stay motivated? How do you continue to write – even when you don’t feel like it?
One of the things I’ve noticed over the past two years is that my writing has several purposes.
First of all, it gives me something to do during the day while my hubby is at work and the housework is done. (Well, to be truthful, these days the writing comes first and THEN I do the housework.)
Secondly, I committed myself to LEARNING more about writing and improving my skills. I’ve read all kinds of books on grammar, proper use of dialogue, plot development and a bunch of other stuff. When I look back and re-read stories, I wrote over two years ago, I’m amazed at the difference in my writing now.
I recently read an article about finding purpose and using it as the GPS for your writing AND your life. Why do you do the things you do? What purpose are you fulfilling?
We need to know the purpose of our actions and attach some sort of importance to them to feel fulfilled at the end of the day – don’t you think?
So, the challenge for today is to think long and hard about WHY you write. Is it just for yourself? Is it in hopes of being published? Is it to make a living?
Drop me a line on the ‘Contact Me’ page – I would love to know your purpose.
Until next time,