Seeing yourself already at the place you want to end up is a powerful way of bringing writing goals and objectives into sharp focus.
Where a lot of writers go wrong is to stop the visualisation exercise at the point of having decided they want to write. It’s no wonder then, that if that’s as far as you go in planning, once you get to the blank page your muse shrugs its metaphorical shoulders and gives you a big fat nothing.
Before your muse will start tossing out ideas faster than you can capture them, you need to know what you’re going to write. Once you know that, you can figure out what you want to get out of your work. Strongly visualising writing goals and objectives takes your ideas out of dreamland and into viable reality.
How to Visualise Your Goals
Project yourself, in your imagination, into the future — say a year from now. Really see yourself there, having done all the work and achieved success in everything you tried. Maybe you see one or more of these things…
- A published author – Indie or traditional
- A prolific blogger
- The owner of a successful website
- A great literary author
- The new voice in your chosen genre
- A Children’s book author
… or any one of hundreds more goals you might have. What does it feel like, having achieved that dream? What evidence have you got for it? Maybe you’ve got a handful of published print books on your shelf. Maybe you’ve got a huge following on social media. Maybe you’re getting invitations to speak to writing groups, colleges or universities, or at conferences. Maybe you’ve won a few awards and have the trophies to prove it.
In addition, maybe you see the fruits of your labour in material things: a bigger or better house, an exciting vacation, the car you’ve always wanted.
Hold the dream in your mind until you can taste it and feel it all around you. Let yourself feel excited, happy, invigorated, content, confident.
Planning For Success in Your Writing Objectives
Having experienced the realisation of your dreams, you now need to plan exactly what written material will get you there?
So what will you write? If your dream is to write novels, don’t waste your time with short stories. Start planning and visualising the titles of your novels, possible story lines or themes, what genre you’ll write in. If you want a great website that brings in a nice passive income, start visualising your layout, structure, pages, colour scheme, the kinds of products you’ll sell and how you’ll reach your target market. Your future portfolio of written material might include:
- Blog posts
- Your website
- Your first novel/s
- Your first short story anthology/s
- Your first published magazine story/s
Daydream. See yourself one year from now looking back over your successes and name them one by one, as each has lead to the other. Success won’t come all at once, regardless of how it looks to outsiders looking in. It comes gradually, one step at a time. In your daydream, celebrate each step: reaching one thousand blog subscribers, publishing your first novel, then your second… let your dream build itself over the year so you see yourself having achieved all the things you set out to do.
Today is the day for thinking big, allowing no limitations and no doubts to cloud your brilliant future horizons.
You’ll get to grips with the difference between new year resolutions and goals. Understanding this will help prevent overwhelm and keep you on track.
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