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It’s now January 24. How are you doing with the progress of your goals for 2017? Here’s a classic goals video from the late Zig Ziglar. Remember, resolutions are not goals.

One of my creative project goals (not a resolution) this year is to finish the manuscript for my book The Jack of One Trade. This is the sequel to A Couple with Common Cents. I have the draft of the story complete; I need to work the story through subsequent drafts this year and write the non-fiction (study guide) part to complete the book.

Here’s my goal in proper form: Continue Reading…

Do you have a new year’s resolution (or two)?

Right now the gyms (such as the YMCA) are full of clients. Interest goes up for money, budgets, and getting out of debt at this time of year. Many people look for better jobs, completing their college degree, or looking for new life opportunities now that it is early January.

However, most people don’t do anything about their resolutions after February comes.

Why not? Continue Reading…

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A new year can begin on any day

You can reset your life and start a “new year” at any time during the year. It’s just most common for people to do so today.

I start planning for the new year in November every fall.

Happy New Year!

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In the past there were two typical times of the year that I would set goals. When I was in school, we usually set goals in late August for the upcoming year. We set personal and group goals in our FFA chapter and other clubs. We wrote them down and made a plan to achieve them during that academic year.

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Set Goals. photo credit fickr user celestinechua | cc

The other time of year I’ve set goals is in late December. After all the Christmas activities were over I liked to write down a few things that I wanted to do or change during the coming calendar year. There was something special about having my list all written out before January 1 came.

Dan Miller (48Days.com) challenges his tribe to set all goals for the upcoming year by November 15. Dan says that he has done this himself for many years now. He does not wait until January 1 to decide what his new year will look like in life and business. Continue Reading…

Last week I compared goal setting with story structure. Let’s go deeper with that idea today by obliterating your fear of setting goals today and having to change course later.

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Photo source flickr user: Paxson Woelber | cc

 

How Fiction Characters Change in the Draft

Let me illustrate with an example of me writing a book. When I sit down to write my fiction books, I have an idea of where I want the story to go. I know how the story will end, and I create an outline to get there.

Sometimes when I’m in the middle of a story, the characters do something I don’t expect. Or a situation in the story changes so much that I have to alter my outline. Continue Reading…