The end of every month is a good time to review your goals and see how you’re doing. The year I made this a monthly practice was the year I became a productive and consistent writer. Acknowledging I had met or worked toward my goals and had pages to show for it allowed me to stop thinking I was “never getting anything done.” Instead, I looked at what I had accomplished. I learned to refine my goals and to break them into steps.
For 2017 my goals are:
- Write an essay a week.
- Finish first draft of Valley of Fear
- Offer online courses to writers
- Submit essays, poems, plays
- Overthrow the patriarchy (no longer kidding about this. Now actively seeking methods for changing the world.)
I have written four essays in four weeks and I’m working on the fifth one now. I still have more work to do on my website before I can offer the online courses. I am actively submitting work.
This past week I filed an essay for consideration, and it was published two days later.
But another month has passed without my writing a single word on Valley of Fear. How am I going to fit that in? Maybe I’ll dedicate one day a week. Or twenty minutes a day. I know from experience that twenty minutes a day will get the job done eventually. Check in next month and see how far I’ve gotten.
As for Goal # 5, here’s what I think. Every time I write something outside the norm, every time I resist greed (I now recycle every catalogue that comes in the mail), every time I publish my words, every time I take a direct action in support of freedom and equality, I am taking steps to overthrow the patriarchy.