How do you know when you’ve achieved your short-term writing goals?
The visual artist Lisa Congdon, in her book Find Your Artistic Voice, makes the case that artists are unique in how they set and achieve goals. “Many athletes,” she writes, “set performance goals that are measurable and easily comparable to other athletes in the same sport based on set standards: number of goals scored, seconds…
Creative energy > time
In the fall, time tends to shrink and expand in odd ways. We start off September, aka the Second New Year, with lots of good intentions for our writing. Finish the draft! Find an agent! Publish by December! Lots of writers say they love a deadline. In my experience, about 50% actually hit their deadlines,…