It’s Friday the 13th AND it’s Life List Club Friday!
There’s nothing too scary here on this legendary frightful Friday…unless you count Larry, the snail, below. Larry’s a friend of the amazing Sonia Medeiros. Sonia is here today to show you how to emulate a snail so you really CAN get to the finish line successfully.
Enjoy Sonia’s post, then hop on over to Jess Witkins’ place where I’m going to show you how I tamed my inner social glutton.
Big News! As you’ll notice in our sidebars today, we have a new writer in The Life List Club, Lara Schiffbauer. Please welcome her by visiting her at Gary Gauthier’s place, because Jess is at her place. Oh, and David Walker is at Sonia’s while Gary is at David’s. and Sonia’s here while I’m…whew! I know! Confusing, huh? Just click on the names in my sidebar and you’ll find all of us. See you on the snail trail…er, bunny trail…oh, sheesh…see ya’!
Take it away, Sonia!
In a recent blog post, Kristen Lamb talked about defining our success as an author. It was one of those things where you say, in your best haughty french accent, “Well, duh. Of course we need to define our success. That is simply obvious. It is like, how you say, the nose on our faces.” Except, um…the more obvious something is, the more likely we are to overlook it. I mean, how often do you look at the nose on your face…you know, in a productive way and not an obsessively self-conscious, oh-my-giraffes-i-have-a-zit kinda way?
Whaddya mean “What do I mean by productive?” I don’t know…that’s beside the point. Moving on…
We have to define our success to know when we’re successful as a writer (or with any goal). If we don’t know where the finish line is, how do when know when we’ve won the race?
But what do you do when your finish line seems so far away as to be almost impossible to reach? That’s when you mark the mini-finish lines along the way. Just as any big goal can broken down into itty bitty baby steps, the path to the big finish line can be broken down into mile markers and rest stops. And…
Every mini-finish line crossed is a success, every bit as important as the “big one.”
My first next mini-finish line is to complete the first draft of my fantasy novel. After all, I can’t really move on in my writing career without at least one novel.
Of course, finish a novel is a huge finish line in itself (especially for a newbie like me). So…the journey to that mini-finish line can be broken down into mini-mini-finish lines (scenes and pages), each one a success to celebrate once it’s reached.
All of those mini-finish lines and mini-mini-finish lines kinda get me revved up for the journey. I can’t wait to get started. So maybe that “big one” finish line isn’t quite so far off after all.
Have you marked your “big one” finish line? Do you have your mini-finish lines in place? What’s your next mini-finish or mini-mini-finish?
Sonia G Medeiros is a writer of fantasy, science fiction, and horror. She’s the author of more than a dozen short stories and flash fiction pieces, blogs at WordPress, and is working on her first novel, a dark fantasy. When she’s not wandering along the tangled paths of her wild imagination, she wrangles home life with one fabulous husband, two amazing, homeschooled children, a part-alien half-chihuahua and two cats who battle each other for world domination.
Thank you, Sonia, for confirmation there really is a way to successfully reach our end goal! We always love having you here at Sexy, Smart, From the Heart…because you’re one Smart cookie!
Okay, now go blog hopping! >>