Last week many of us put our regular lives on hold to experience the wild and crazy ride known as the annual RWA conference. We attended workshops, met with agents and editors, networked with other writers, and even managed to fit in a little sight-seeing and a Broadway show or two.
But now, most of us are back home and/or back to work. With the suitcase unpacked, the accumulated mail dealt with, and the cat finally located, it’s time to go back through the notes and handouts from the conference and answer the burning question:
“People with goals succeed because they know where they are going.” ~ Earl Nightingale
As I mentioned in my recent motivation posts, my goal leading up to the conference was to get my manuscript finished and qualify for RWA PRO membership. Done and done. Now that the conference is over, I need a new goal. With requests for a full from two agents, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that polishing up the manuscript is the critical next step. Unfortunately, after attending some great workshops on character development, turning points, subtext, and story structure last week, I’m pretty sure I need more than a little “polishing.”
“A dream is just a dream. A goal is a dream with a plan and a deadline.” ~ Harvey Mackay
My specific goal for August is to complete the four scenes that I know are missing from the story. That’s one scene a week, which seems very achievable, and is a big step toward my longer-term goal to get the manuscript completely finished and off to the agents who have requested it by the end of September.
I’m confident I’ll be able to reach my goal, especially having made it public. I would hate to have to report a lack of success at the next check-in.
“Nothing is impossible. The word itself says I’m possible.” ~ Audrey Hepburn
So, what’s your (specific and achievable) goal for the upcoming month? What can we hold you accountable for?