Goals! Must we, really? Well, sadly, yes. If we don’t have goals we just wander aimlessly about and don’t really get anything done, either that or we spend way too much time doing Other Things. Yes, I speak from experience.
I had a fantastic summer in terms of my formatting business, Anessa Books. I had more people asking me to format their books than ever before. It was loads of fun and sometimes a challenge to create just what my clients wanted… and it completely took over my life! I didn’t get nearly half the writing/editing done which I had hoped to finish by the end of the summer.
I actually did have a goal of getting so many books finished, but I didn’t make it concrete. I didn’t plan on how I would accomplish my goal, I just said – in the back of my mind – I’d like to get these books done. So here is the take away lesson:
1. Write your goals down and put that piece of paper someplace where you will see it everyday.
2. Don’t just make a goal, figure out how you are going to accomplish it. Plan for it. Allow for life to get in the way (contingencies) and figure out what you will do when that happens – how you’ll make up for it.
Doesn’t that sound easy? Actually… it is!
Setting goals doesn’t have to be difficult. Getting them done doesn’t have to be difficult. And there is absolutely nothing better than being able to cross something off of your to-do list!
So, here it is, in case you’re wondering. My goal for this Fall is to finish editing the first book in my “Children of Avalon” series and have it ready to publish in October (eek!), finish doing the overhaul of the second book in the series to have it ready to be published in December.
And how am I going to do that? By working on my writing, and nothing but my writing every afternoon from 1-4. Mornings and later afternoons are for formatting (and teaching), afternoons (my most creative time) is for writing. And if Life happens, I’ll work more on the weekend.
So, now I’ve not only written it down, I’ve made it public. What about you? What are your goals for this Fall?
[important]And here’s a little extra fun – I’m looking for a slogan for my formatting business, Anessa Books. Some friends of mine have come up with the following:
Anessa Books – shouldn’t you be writing?
Anessa Books puts the art in your words.
Romance is red, erotica’s blue, Anessa formats your novel so it’s readable too.
Anessa Books — for those who want their words to look great under the covers.
What do you think? Can you come up with something better? I’m offering a free book formatting to the person who comes up with something I can use. [/important]