So, I’ve got this book I wanna write. Big surprise, right? Look, a writer that wants to write a book. Want another big surprise? I’m not writing it. I started it…and stopped. I kept trying to get back to it and stopped again. Whoa, shocker. A writer with an incomplete book.
But, that’s a thing. It’s a common thing. But, it doesn’t have to be.
I want to stop complaining about my unfinished work and start being proud of my finished work.
I Did a Thing
So, to give myself a little kick in the butt and complete this book I’ve been talking about writing for a while, I bought The Freedom Journal, created by John Lee Dumas. The Freedom Journal is basically an outline for accomplishing one goal in 100 days. But, the goal must be a SMART goal. This means it is: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-bound. You make mini goals to accomplish in 10-day sprints, track what works and what doesn’t, and by the end, your goal is accomplished. Easy, right?
Well, the goal of the journal is to make it easier. And it seemed perfect for me because I thrive on deadlines, definitely need accountability and absolutely need small, specific tasks to focus on when trying to accomplish a larger goal.
So, I am doing it. And I am going to blog about my journey. Lucky you.
My First Thoughts:
The first step in my journey was to simply peruse the journal. See what was ahead and what I could expect on a day-to-day basis. These were some of my thoughts as I leafed through it, browsed the website and checked out the Facebook group.
- Holy cow, can I really do this?
- Is there really room for so much structure in the creative process?
- I’m going to have to outline, aren’t I?
- This is so un-panster like of me.
- I don’t know how many pages I want this to be
- I don’t have any idea what I want this to be
- Can I really just crank through such a personal project? (it’s a non-fiction book)
- This is very business-y. I’m not a business-y person.
- I set a BIG goal AND A bunch of little goals? I’m not even good at setting one goal.
- I can already see this pretty book sitting on my desk, halfway completed in about 50 days….
And then I realized that all these thoughts I was having, am still having, are exactly why I NEED the Freedom Journal in the first place.
Time to Convert
Yes, I am a panster, and typically proud of it. But, where has that gotten me so far? Yes, I have a few completed books, but they are two books in an incomplete trilogy. They’ve been thrown together and torn apart with no real plan on how to glue them back into place. Being a panster got me this far, but now I have no idea where to go. Because I didn’t have a plan.
Now, thanks to the Freedom Journal I have a plan. I have a goal and lots of little goals. I also have a support system. And, I am excited. I know that I’ve had a lot of ideas and plans that have come and gone. You’ve witnessed it on this blog. But the important thing is that I am trying again. And when I complete this journey, I hope it shows any other Resistant Writers out there that even the most goal resistant, panster of a writer can set and stick with goals.
Or, I’ll end up with a really fancy doorstop.
The next step in my journey is to set my SMART goal and plan the first couple of days.