Happy New Year from Adair Heitmann. As the leader of the Wednesday Writing Critique Group here at the Fairfield Public Library, I’d like to share with you my thoughts on creating goals for the new year. Just do it! Make your goals simple, realistic and attainable.
For 2009 members of my group stated their writing goals during our first meeting of the new year. One member C. wanted to increase her professional blog and deepen her Internet business. She now gets new clients from the inspirational power of her blog! N. wanted to write and write she has! She has attended writing programs in Virginia, Provincetown and Vermont. She writes and comes back from each sojourn vitalized. K. wished to get feedback on his fiction. Our raucous laughter in response to his multilayered characters had us in stitches, he got his feedback! M. wanted to improve her writing for her business and in doing so uncovered her creative writing spark. We continue to help her fan those flames. D. knew she had a book in her and just had to sit down and write it. In the process she wrote some magnificent poems and enlightened us with her passion for paradox. E., our newest member is still considering her goals and B. wants to find out if his work is good or not. S. wanted her message to become more clear and interesting, and in the process of doing that wrote a prayer that changed her life. For me, my goals were to start a professional blog on my own website and to enter more contests. With the support of my writing group I did it all, and you can now follow me on Twitter.
Joining a writing group can help you stay focused in your writing. You can also have fun and be accountable for meeting your own writing goals. Here’s to a great new year filled with all the writing of your dreams.