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Jan 30, 2019 23:50:25

My Writing Plan for 2019 Q1 (Pt 3)

by @abrahamKim PATRON | 370 words | 4🔥 | 364💌

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I've marked it on my calendar. A concrete plan, a clearly defined goal that'll serve as a measure of whether I did as I promised or not. Come March 11, I'll either have lied to myself yet again, or I will have submitted an entry to a fiction magazine--I already know which one, but won't say on here.

I've never clearly defined a goal like this before. I've only dreamt of what I might someday become, but never in clear and reachable ways. That's why instead of goals I call them dreams.

The goal to submit to a journal came about from my desire to focus and create something. I think writing daily is great, but I wanted to do more than just write daily simply to write, I wanted my daily writings to also be amounting to something cohesive, singular. I think the majority on here wants this; The original pull of 200WAD seemed like an image of you writing something substantial, albeit 200 words at a time. 

But a couple weeks in -- I think just two -- I noticed that I was hopping around stories, not committing to any. I might argue that I was exploring, but honestly it was because I was just scared of going deep in on something. Scared again of failure, of writing something really really really bad. If I pretend to suck at singing, then nobody shall tell me my singing sucks. 

And so that's when I pondered: what do I want to have achieved come the middle of March. I selected this time because I'll be going on a trip around that then, and I wanted to have something accomplished before embarking west.

So I chose a goal that I already knew I should have attempted a long time ago. That thing that I should've already tried and failed at so many times, but was too scared to even give it a go. 

Surpringly, now that I've gained more confidence, I feel as though humility comes more easily. I no longer sweat to be seen as great. I embrace the pursuit of greatness. And this all started only because I was 100% real with myself when asking, what is it that you want?

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    @abrahamKim It's like you read my latest post on goal-setting before I had written it! Well done. You seem to have done things differently this time, much as I suggest in my first couple of posts in the series, so I think you have a great chance of success this time.

    For different reasons (well, mostly), I have also gone from topic to topic (my writing is mostly non-fiction). In my case, I reconciled myself to the fact that this variety is part of my intrinsic motivation, and the result is I am now producing content for four different websites I am involved with!

    I confess that I am going through the goal-setting process myself as I write it - they say you end up teaching what you most need to learn and in my case it's what I truly want to achieve with my writing. That is, to support my wider goals to make a difference in the world. By taking action and writing, I am discovering how. So, you see, in my case, the writing is part of the how, hence no specific goal yet. I am being guided by my intuition.

    Of course, I'm getting to the point where I need to practice what I preach (in this as in my wider business goals)!

    Good luck and I look forward to continuing to read your great work.

    Arthur Kendall avatar Arthur Kendall | Jan 31, 2019 00:25:06
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      @abrahamKim haha, I just wrote over 200 words just in a comment. Doh!

      Arthur Kendall avatar Arthur Kendall | Jan 31, 2019 00:25:52
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      @arthurkendall

      Haha that you did.

      I actually didn't read your post yet. But I saw the title. Haha. When I saw the title I was like, he and I are writing the same thing but from a different perspective. I'll go read it tomorrow!

      Speaking of which, yes I am in a similar boat as you in terms of producing content for different mediums. I've chosen to use 200WAD as my kind of non-fiction, thinking out loud, documenting my self place. I think the current design of the website and the way other people use it lends it best to that functionality.

      Abe avatar Abe | Jan 31, 2019 02:25:22
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      @abrahamKim I agree and it's great for it. Some of my posts have gone straight into blog posts, which is great, but this series is turning into something more substantial - much longer than most posts here so a bit out of kilter with the rest, but useful for me and hopefully of some value to everyone else. The plan is then to turn it into something for my own site, like a free ebook for signing up to the mailing list.

      Arthur Kendall avatar Arthur Kendall | Jan 31, 2019 12:57:00
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    @abrahamKim - Congratulations on that first step of asking and answering the important question.

    I have been WAITING for the part 2 of the story you had weeks ago. Still want to know what happens next.

    I have a big "dream" planned for March 19th myself.
    Good luck to us on our dreams.

    Keni avatar Keni | Jan 30, 2019 18:04:52
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      Awh @keni you saying that you've been waiting really hits me close to the heart.

      I've recently decided though to treat 200WAD as more of a documentation of my writing journey than a place for my fiction. So unfortunately I won't be sharing them on here. But I would love to share my fiction with you... haha this feels so dirty, cause I've never invited anybody I didn't know in 'real life' before to my email list, but I'd love to have you on there if you'd be interested.

      And btw.. come on dream?? You should turn your dream into a goal! I guess what I'm saying is that, I think dreams are only good if they get turned into a goal... because I truly do not thinks dreams ever come to reality right away. I truly do think that it must first become refined into a goal before it can ever touch the rough tongue of reality.

      Abe avatar Abe | Jan 31, 2019 02:23:45
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