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Cindy La Ferle

This is great advice, and fits perfectly with what I am telling my students in my "Writer's Life" workshops at our local library. I'll share this link with them, too.
Thank you.

Goal setting: needs to be very specific, measurable, and by when. Without these elements goals are just ephemeral. Also helps to articulate them to a group of supportive friends, and to post the list somewhere where you can see it everyday. I have posted my New Year's resolutions in my bathroom next to my mirror. Sometimes, I feel like saying to my reflection,, "Who are you kidding?" but that is just the negative me speaking and she goes away the minute I think about what I have accomplished on my list from last year. Counting the days until your workshop, Barbara. Best, Loren Stephens

Joanna Strong-Millsap

I am very careful to NOT prescribe what goals, or any writing/genre "needs" to be for anyone but myself. I once believed the "specific, measurable, with deadlines" rules, but recent circumstances completely derailed my life, my goals, my confidence. To get back on track, I have had to be gentler and more flexible with myself and my goal-setting!

Barbara, I really enjoyed meeting you and learning from you at the CWC meeting this morning. You're an inspiration and a gifted teacher. I hope to see you again soon.


Cindy - Thanks - (and Readers - click on her name and check out her Home Office blog.)
Loren - See you next week.
Joanna - Enjoyed meeting you too. I'll invite myself back. (thanks for the kind words.)

Rebecca Laffar-Smith

Wonderful advice on goal setting. I've got various projects in the works but if I tried to think ahead for a whole year I know I'd be in a huge tangled mess of paper. I've stopped planning too far ahead because I never know what life will throw at me. My to do lists focus only a few days in advance and that works for me.



I'm so glad you're there to review all these meoimr books for all of us. Great post. I linked to your blog in my post today as I included your synopsis. If you wish to see others, stop by please.

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