Goals Day 1: Self-Assessment
Odds are, you do not see yourself as others see you. You probably don’t see yourself as you are, either, but to set goals, you need to know the man or woman in the mirror. Goal setting starts with assessing yourself as a writer, something many writers have not yet considered, but it’s vital to goal setting.
You can’t plan where you’re going if you don’t know who you are.
For this course, you will define your goals as a writer and make important decisions that affect your writing journey. You will also create a foundation for the rest of this series and your mentoring journey. That starts with knowing the hero. You.
Who Am I?
This question is the heart of the movie The Breakfast Club, which explores high school identity, stereotypes, and the danger those stereotypes present. If you recall, the teens were defined by their roles: the smart kid, the athlete, the basket case, the princess, and the criminal.
Does that mean you are defined by your non-writerly roles? God, I hope not. My biggest role is that of Mom, and I really don’t want to write about moms all the time. In fact, the movie shines a light on how these “roles” fail to consider the whole person. It focuses on the people behind the mask of their assumed identity.
As a writer, think beyond the roles in your life. Consider what’s at the heart of you. Take some time to consider these questions. Write them down as we will continue to use them throughout the series.
The thing is, you do not have to be a one-trick pony. Will you grow your brand faster if you focus on one genre? Probably, but if that leaves you creatively bereft, then that’s not the route for you. Publishers definitely benefit from writers who stay in one lane. Think Dan Brown, Nora Roberts, or James Patterson, but staying in one lane would drain me emotionally. Which brings me to the next question.
Day 1 Homework
Make sure to consider your answers, write them down as we’ll look at them in another lesson, and be ready for goal setting on Day 2. I'll open the comments on day 5 for you to share your goals if you're interested in that.
Watch and Learn
The attached video is not required, but it walks you through the beginning part of your brainstorming.
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Cindy Skaggs is the author of nine books, multiple creative nonfiction essays, memoir, and short fiction. She teaches undergraduate and graduate writing.