My Writing Life
I never have set goals, in the sense that I expected to be successful or get to a certain place. My idea of success has always been, does it feel right? Does it feel good to me? Do I enjoy doing it? And somehow miraculously, I’ve been able to follow that path and have a great success at it.– Sarah McLachlan
Consecration says, “I will do what is right now and trust the Lord for the outcome.”. . . Aspiration says, “I must do whatever it takes to control the outcome.” If we aspire enough to certain goals and are willing to pay any price, we can accomplish those things. But sometimes the price is too high. . . . If we consecrate our preparations unto the Lord and leave the outcome in His hands, the outcome will always be a blessing to us. He can control the outcome much better than we can ourselves.
Too idealistic? Time will tell. Luckily I'm not in a place where I have to do this for a living yet, so I can afford to be idealistic.– C. Raymond Smith
What I Want to Achieve:
• To write my truth without apology.
• To aim to please God with what I write and not just my audience, agent, or editor.
• To make a positive difference for readers because of the truths I’ve voiced, whether my readers are few or many.
• To preserve my roles as Christian, wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend as my highest priorities.
• To achieve the kind of life balance that allows me to be a professional also.
• To make consistent quality time for writing each week.
• To develop my skills to the best of my ability and feel pleased with my growth as a writer.
• To pursue lifelong learning by studying excellent books and possibly getting an advanced degree someday.
• To build positive relationships within the writing community.
• To be a conscientious “employee” of the publishing houses who may sign me in the future.
• To eventually use my training to mentor others.
What I Want to Avoid:
• Unhealthy amounts of pressure. To me, this means an overly hectic self-promotion schedule that may crowd out more important things if I let it.
• Arriving at a place where I write mainly for a paycheck or others' expectations instead of for the joy of telling a story. I already have a career. I'd like to maintain the writing hobby I love.
Whether you aim to have a hobby or a lucrative career, have you ever nailed down a road map to help you measure if you're headed in the right direction? Has it helped?
* Thanks for indulging me while I listen to myself talk. I wanted this on my blog so I can easily find it next time I'm going crazy.