What are my goals for this year? What do I want to accomplish? This year I hope to surpass last years goals. Last year, my big goal was to get into the habit of writing everyday. This year, I want to get my focus back on writing everyday, but I also want to finish the romance novel I’ve been working on. I started in the first week of November of last year, composing only the first twelve chapters. Last month, I composed fifteen more chapters, and one chapter so far for the month of January, bringing my overall chapter total to twenty-eight chapters. I completed chapter 28 for the novel yesterday (January 1, 2016). I hope to compose at least a chapter a day for the novel, in addition to composing compositions for the 31 daily writing challenge.
I hope to grow my blog from 574 followers to 1,000 to start with. I’m getting more and more followers each day, but I could be doing better. When participating in the 31 day writing challenge last year I didn’t use the lift for posting my website, because I didn’t understand how to go about doing so at the time. I was also a little scared and nervous, because I didn’t know what I was doing. However, I took the plunge into the challenge on day 2, because I missed day 1 of the challenge.
I hope to complete book 2 in my romance series by the end of January of this year, bringing the novel up to fifty plus chapters. I’m also looking forward to being able to get started on the third book in the romance series.
I’ve known for many years about the drama in writing needing to come from the writer himself or herself. Throughout the years I’ve delved into the very core of pain from my past, and used the writing craft as a form of healing. In addition to teaching my audience how to use the writing craft as a form for healing oneself from within, I’d like to bring out the joy in the world through the written word.
I’d like to create stronger, more effective thought-provoking images which would be powerful enough to make more of an impact on the lives of my audience. I did so with a piece I wrote last year I wrote for a writing website. The article pertained to the homeless I’ve seen on the streets of Kalamazoo and in Detroit. It got people talking. The feeling was phenomenal. I’d like to write more articles which get people talking. My dream is to compose a piece of writing which would be powerful enough to go viral. In doing so, perhaps I could make a difference on many lives from around the world.
I’d like to further strengthen my skills for writing nonfiction, and write profound pieces of writing. If I could change even one person’s life with my writing, I’ll know I’ll have done my job as a writer.
I went to a funeral of a close family friend earlier this afternoon. One of the brothers of the deceased gave a speech. Some things he said not only made me think, but they had a profound effect upon me. He talked about how it’s not the length of time one’s life is which matters, but it’s the quality of life one lives. The deceased was a humble man who came from humble beginnings. However, through determination, he rose up in the world to make a brighter future for himself and for his family. He had a profound effect upon everyone he came in contact with. A man involved with his community, he made good use of his life through his interests of hunting and fishing, and mentoring children. He taught them about such interests I’ve mentioned in addition to teaching the about sports. However, most importantly, he taught them about life. In other words, he lived the kind of life Mr. Jeff Goins often refers to as the “portfolio life”.
In the upcoming months, I too would like to do more to live a portfolio life. I realize everything I’ve ever done in my life comprises my portfolio life, but what I mean to say is I must do more to live a better quality of life in order to get the most out of it. This afternoon, the things I’ve head the friends and family of the deceased mention about him resonated with me. This man may have died young at the age of 66 years old, but he lived a good quality of life. He never wasted it or opportunities to make a difference in the lives of others.
I’d like to do more in my life to make it more meaningful. Like him, I want to make everything I do in life count for something. I start doing so through taking baby steps towards improving the quality of my life. It starts with not only making the most out of one’s life, but also by doing something to make a difference in someone else’s life.
I have aspirations in life. In addition to achieving financial goals, and building upon my career as a writer, I hope to make further changes in my life on the human side of things.
Up until yesterday, I had been writing every two to three days, because I’ve been feeling too tired to write. I’m going to stop using exhaustion as an excuse not to write. I realize the importance of play and rest; however, it had become a habit where I was only writing up to three to maybe four times per week when I could have been writing more. I was waiting for the special spark to come to me before I’d take the initiative to actually sit down to compose something.
Throughout this year, I hope to use my time more wisely. I own a Smart Phone. I have the Google Docs app on my phone and on my computer. So there is no excuse not to be able to write each day. I can always find time to block in places such as when I’m a passenger in a car, or even when I’m at the grocery store. I can at least take a couple minutes of my time to stop what I’m doing in the store, moving my cart out of the way, and compose something on my Smart Phone even if it’s only a line or two for a possible poem or any genre of writing.
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