After all this talk about writing goals, are you all pumped up and ready to make your own?
But before we get too busy making goals, I want to talk about something relatively important: keeping said goals.
Yup, writing goals only work if you actually commit to doing them. No matter how many things you plan to do, no matter how many people are holding you accountable, and no matter how many places you put sticky notes with reminders, none of that does anything if you don’t commit to accomplishing what you said you would do.
That brings us to the subject of faithfulness.
Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines “faithfulness” as: “steadfast in affection or allegiance: loyal”
So, faithfulness in writing is being loyally committed to doing what you said you would do.
“But,” you may say, “I make writing goals and I honestly try to do them, but I don’t have enough time in the week to do school, dance, band, babysit, and write.”
Here’s what I say to that (and I’m not the only one that says this), if you truly want to write, you will always find time.
It’s as simple as that. I
But time isn’t just laying around for us to find. We have to make time.
Writing is the easiest thing in the world to decide not to do.
“I’ll just do it tomorrow.”
“This week is just too busy to write.”
“I have to clean the house.”
“I haven’t gone through my closet in a few months.”
“The dog wants to go on a walk.”
I’m not saying writing is more important than life. By no means!
I’ve gotten stuck in the trap of prioritizing writing too much. But if writing is truly important to you, you will make time to write.
That might mean cutting other activities out of your life. It might mean getting up a bit earlier or staying up a little bit later. Or turning off Facebook or Food Network.
For example, if you really want to be part of a play, you won’t spend all day on Instagram posting pictures of your cat. No, you’ll probably be agonizing over your lines. Because the play is important to you, you cut out unnecessary activities. You make time for it.
But while you decide what things are “unnecessary,” be sure you don’t cut things that are actually important. Such as family time.
Life is more important than writing. You can write at any time, but you only have today to visit your grandparents, play Legos with you siblings, make a chicken dinner with your mom, and lose at chess to your dad.
So yes, do all you can to complete your writing goals, but remember what is really important in life. Don’t cut yourself off from everyone just so you can hit your word count.
Making and completing your writing goals helps you to accomplish your dreams. But if you publish twenty books and you alienated your family and friends in the process, were is the joy in that?
A Final VERY Important Point
You certainly don’t want to neglect your family so you can write, but you don’t want to neglect your faith in exchange for anything.
Be sure to carve out time to pray, read God’s Word, and go to church. Because ultimately, Christ is more important than writing, family, and all of life’s activities put together.
Was this series helpful? Are you going to make any writing goals for the New Year?
Quinn (the crazy red-head) delivers a pizza to the book fort.
Glendale’s verdict: Undecided. He loved everything except the pepperoni. 😂