the disorganized writer

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Goal Posts

Week three of “The Artist’s Way” is almost complete, and it has only taken me 2 and a half months. Not bad. Actually, I’ve been stuck on week three the longest because I haven’t completed what should be the easiest of tasks. Task #6: “Call a friend who treats you like you are a really good and bright person who can accomplish things.” I had planned to call a certain friend I haven’t spoken to in several months. We love spending time together, but both have telephone phobias (am I the only person on the face of the earth who doesn’t have a cell phone?), so we rarely get together. It occurred to me as I started writing this post that I have talked to other friends who fit the bill. Task accomplished, on to week three this weekend.

“Leap and the net will appear.” John Burroughs

I have a fear of heights, literally and figuratively, and I’m not sure why. I have published things. In fact, the very first article I sent out was accepted. Yet, I am still hesitant and unsure of my footing in the writing world. Is it okay to write essays, articles, devotions, short stories, poetry, picture books, and young adult novels? Do I have to narrow my focus to one or two areas? Which are my strengths? I have published in the first five genres, but I have a heart for children. Devotions keep me focused and poetry keeps my imagination alive, but articles make money.

I make to-do lists constantly. They are long and never get completed. I set goals. They, too, are impossible to reach. I feel behind, overwhelmed. For the month of October, I will set small, reasonable goals. I will tape a copy to my computer and use another as a bookmark.

October Goals
1 I will complete Morning Pages three days a week.
2 I will write two devotions this month.
3 I will write anything else two days a week.
4 I will send off one manuscript this month.

These are do-able. My old impossible list I’ll keep. I may work my way up there as my confidence grows. I am confident I can achieve this.