“Most people have no idea of the giant capacity we can immediately command when we focus all of our resources on mastering a single area of our lives.”
On Tuesday night Pikes Peak Writers held its Write Brain series and I went to hear Cynthia Morris, a Boulder, CO writing coach speak. Her company's tagline is Life As A Creative Adventure and includes creativity tours through France. Instead of general goal setting Cynthia talked about focus, an important lesson for writers to learn, I want to do everything and often settle for doing nothing. Writing can be overwhelming when you want to dabble in everything. It wasn't until I focused on poetry last year that things started happening. My focus for 2008 is education and I'm sure that will bring great rewards. I found out yesterday my poem won Fourth Place in Artella's monthly contest, it's not online yet but I'll be posting it here as soon as it is. Another important lesson I learned from Cynthia's talk was to celebrate your accomplishments at the end of the year, something I've been doing the last 5 years with my critique group. We met last night to share a meal and review our achievements and our rejections. It is inspiring to hear what fellow writers have accomplished in the last twelve months with each others support. Very important part of goal setting for me. Today decide what your focus will be for 2008. It doesn't have to interfere with your goals you already set, it should support them.Now get back to work!
The Writing Nag
Labels: creative journal, focus, goal focus, goal setting, trips, writing goals