Tuesday, January 1, 2008

New Years Goals

In my writing circles, many are talking about their New Years Resolutions and New Years Goals. I don't care what you call it, we all need goals. When I was teaching special education, I wrote, what is called an Individual Educational Plan (IEP). This multi-page document was to be sure that the student had clear and concise goals. With the document in hand, a teacher had a guide that would help to move the student toward success. The goals had to be specific to the child's abilities, had to have a timeline and be measureable. Could it be more perfect for our writing goals?

Using this criteria, instead of writing, "I'm gonna write more," you write, "I am going to send out 100 queries by January 31, 2008."
Some goals are not entirely in your hands. For example, my book is ready to be sent to publishers/agents. Of course, in my mind, my goal is to get a book deal this year. But if I make that the goal, there is nothing for me to do to make that happen. So one of my goals is to send it out to 26 publishers and agents. That simple (ok, not so simple, but you get the idea) step, propels me toward my goal of getting a book deal.

When I wrote goals for my students I often broke them down into three month segments. That way, we could all see the progress in increments that came sooner than 365 days. So, here's to it! Here's to writing and to goals and to another year filled with accomplishments.

Happy New Year Friends...Happy New Year! ~Karen


michele tune said...

I love setting goals, too!

I think I found you via April Aragam's blog.

Anyway, I'm glad I discovered your blog!

Happy New Year!

Writing the Cyber Highway

Karen L. Alaniz said...

Thank you. You have a Happy New Year too! ~Karen