Thursday, September 09, 2010
When Your Goals Become Out of Reach
Probably the biggest obstacle I’ve had to overcome since opening myself up to a professional edit is accepting that my personal writing goals must change. I’ll be honest. I had plans. I had hoped to query this book to an agent by the beginning of September and then work on my next book.
For over fifteen years, as a mental health counselor, I goal planned with adults about their lives. We set up specific tasks to complete on a monthly basis. Well, I do the same with my own life—always have.
When I came upon the comment about a third of the way through my MS that strongly (but kindly) suggested this would be a good place to start over after creating better character goals, motivations and conflict and then later work in the remaining good parts, my mouth dropped open.
You know what I thought, of course.
Sometimes we aren’t going to meet our writer goals. For me, letting them go felt like defeat. My ticking clock inside me screamed: But you have only so much time . . . you’ve wasted a whole year . . . maybe fixing this book is impossible. . . Toss it out and start something else.
Goals are meant to be adjusted and changed. This edit has opened my eyes that something good might come from it, if I allow it. Whether I'm happy or not.
Like my character, I’ve got a huge obstacle in front of me, and I need to find the motivation to see it through.
What seemingly impossible obstacle are you facing today in your writer world?