IWSG July: Insecurity SMARTs

11:32 AM Elizabeth Seckman 34 Comments

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Insecurity is the fear of failure. No, that isn't the dictionary definition of insecurity, but that's my simplified explanation, especially when it pertains to myself and I believe, other writers. If you never try, you never fail. You protect the dream.

One day...it could happen. By magic. Literally, it will have to happen by magic because you're not really working at the goal. Maybe a day out of each week, you work at the goal. The other six are spent wishing. 

Before you know it, years are clicking by and you're still not hitting your goals. Maybe you'll blame yourself for being a talentless hack. Maybe you'll blame the industry for being a bunch of exclusive bastards. Maybe you'll blame the universe and the way it connives against you in everything you do and even made you fat by forcing you to eat all that chocolate while you stared at the screen and did nothing. 

Sound familiar? Or is it just me? 

Now, I must add the fix. Last month, the IWSG asked what we'd like to see changed about the IWSG and I couldn't think of anything. As I was writing this, I thought, I know what I'd like to see more of: solutions! Sure, I love a good vent, but I love a solution even more. What fun is it to stare at a bunch of puzzle pieces? Isn't it more fun to try to put them together? 

So, I am adding SMART goals, writer edition

Specific: what specific goal will you achieve? Nothing grandiose like mastering the world of literature. 

Measurable: pick a goal that can be measured. Sorry, best-selling, all-time hero author isn't measurable. But let's say you have an hour a day, maybe do thirty minute writing sprints; Fifteen minutes studying the craft; and fifteen minutes on social media/marketing. 

Achievable: can you complete your goals without the luck of book-winged fairies? (Striking sell one million copies on day one! Adding finishing a rough draft within a year.)

Relevant: A million dollars and best-seller lists are the byproduct of good writing — just go with this. I know...bunches of crappy titles just flowed through your head...breathe and pretend they all had literary merit. Hitting lists and dollar figures aren't the goals. Emily Dickinson only published a few poems during her life, but we don't say she's a crappy poet. 

Time-based. Set deadlines for yourself and your goals. And fee free to freshen them often. 


Thanks to this month's co-hosts. You guys are awesome and amazing!!! 

JS Pailly, Rebecca Douglass, Pat Garcia, Louise-Fundy Blue, and Natalie Aguirre!



34 comments:

  1. Very encouraging post, Elizabeth. Thank you:-)

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  2. There you go! Now we are all inspired.

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    1. Woo hoo! I'm always looking for the way to fill the cup to at least half full.

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  3. I don't do as well as I'd like to with setting deadlines for myself, but I'm working on it. :)

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  4. "If you never try, you never fail. You protect the dream."

    I feel called out.

    SMART goals are helpful. I'm currently reworking mine. I recently had a schedule change at work, so I have to adjust things, especially the "A for achievable" and "T for time" parts of my goals.

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  5. I like solutions. They make me feel less like I'm spinning my wheels.

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  6. I like solutions too. Thanks for your great suggestions.

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  7. Well said, Elizabeth! Happy summer!

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  8. Great goals! I was never good at meeting deadlines, so I tend to fail there. But the rest, I try to work by.

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    1. I often miss deadlines and goals. This post was a bit of a butt kick to myself more than anyon else.

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  9. Thank you for this encouraging post.

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  10. you are such a problem solver! Love the SMART goal system!
    now, when are you doing an event? I’m doing 2 in Hocking Hills coming up in Oct & Nov. Would love to plan one with you at some point.
    Hope you are doing well!

    Tara Tyler Talks

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    1. I would love to attend more events. Why am I always so busy??? (I'll look those up and see if I can put them on my calendar.)

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  11. I love the SMART goal writer version.

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  12. Don't you hate it though, when an author or painter doesn't make it in their lifetime but afterwards becomes a household name. Seems so unfair.
    Sandra sandracox.blogspot.com

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    1. I feel bad for them, but then it gives me hope because it's a reminder that our work lives on long past us.

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  13. That part about eating ALL THAT CHOCOLATE? Oh yeah. I know it. I resemble it. How'd it disappear so quickly? Love ya.

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    1. There is just something magical about chocolate, but I don't need to tell you that!

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  14. I needed to see this post. Thank you.
    www.rsrue.blogspot.com

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