Objective Setting for Writers, Half 2: Mission (Your Why)

Do you have got a tough time attaining your writing targets?

Are you bored with spending extra time dreaming about attaining your writing desires? Of dreaming about your writing profession? Or are you bored with spending extra time setting targets however not attaining them? It doesn’t must be this tough.

Able to set targets and create an in depth motion plan so precisely what to work on to realize your writing desires?

On this weblog put up collection on objective setting for writers, I’ll undergo a 4-step objective setting formulation that may assist writers obtain their writing desires.

Partly 2, I’ll proceed with the second step of objective setting: Mission.

Earlier than we dive into the goodies, let’s take a look at the overview of the 4-step objective setting formulation.

 

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    An Overview of the 4-Step Objective Setting Components

    This 4-step objective setting formulation is de facto easy and simple to recollect. It comprises:

    1. Imaginative and prescient (a 3- and a 1-year imaginative and prescient)

    2. Mission (your why)

    3. A clearly formulated objective (a SMART objective)

    4. A plan of motion

    Now, let’s dive proper into this week’s subject, your Mission.

    Mission (Your Why)

    That is such an vital a part of this entire 4-step objective setting formulation and one that’s most frequently ignored.

    Whereas your Imaginative and prescient (which I wrote about in final week’s put up) is principally the place you wish to go, your Mission is all in regards to the underlying purpose you wish to obtain your imaginative and prescient, the motivational why behind all of it. And not using a robust why you’ll most likely by no means obtain your visions or come wherever near attaining them.

    Should you’ve ever heard of Simon Sinek (watched his TED discuss or learn his guide Begin with Why) then you understand how vital your why is.

    If you wish to, for instance, publish your first novel in 1 12 months, you want a powerful why to get you thru the arduous instances.

    In case your why is to get wealthy on that guide, chances are you’ll not get very far (and the sensible probability of that may be very small).

    Nonetheless, in case your why is to create one other stream of earnings on the aspect, to construct your legacy, to show to your self that you may truly write a guide which has been your largest dream for years, then you definately’ll most likely get by the arduous instances too.

    The stronger your why is, the better probability you have got at attaining your imaginative and prescient.

    Seize a pocket book (or do it in your pc) and write down why your 3- and 1-year visions are vital to you. Why do you wish to obtain them?

    Should you’re having some hassle determining your why or discovering a deeper which means behind all of it, ask “Why?” at the very least 4 instances.

    For instance: My 1-year imaginative and prescient is to publish my first novel.

    Why is that vital to me?

    As a result of I like to put in writing.

    Why?

    As a result of it’s the medium I’m most snug with.

    Why?

    As a result of it permits me a while to consider methods to categorical myself.

    Why?

    As a result of I’ve so much to say however I don’t really feel that the individuals round me pay attention. Writing helps me discover my voice and is, subsequently, a therapeutic expertise that I would like.

    The final reply is much more motivating than “As a result of I like to put in writing”, proper?

    It’s vital to get to the guts of why you’re doing all of it, so I extremely suggest that you simply spend a while actually going by this train.

    There you have got the second step within the 4-step objective setting formulation. I hope you discovered this handy.

     

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      In this blog post series on goal setting for writers, I’ll go through a 4-step goal setting formula that will help writers achieve their writing dreams.  In part 2, I’ll continue with the second step of goal setting: Mission.

      In this blog post series on goal setting for writers, I’ll go through a 4-step goal setting formula that will help writers achieve their writing dreams.  In part 2, I’ll continue with the second step of goal setting: Mission.


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      Sep 13, Grand Remembrances

      Today is Grandparents Day in the United States. Being a Grand is a special honor. I feel very blessed that my wife and I have two grandchildren. We were able to visit them today. Yes, we are still being cautious with the coronavirus, but we also find it very difficult to not see them when they live so close. So today we did drop by to visit Jacob (age 10) and Sophia (age 7) along with their parents. We brought donuts and caught up with them. Our grandchildren are still pretty young and this is a precious time in their lives – and ours!

      I wish I had known my grandparents better. We never lived in the same place. Dad was a career Air Force pilot, so we moved around a lot. But we did get to see them once in a while when they would visit us, or we them.

      A Plague of Giants

      There are five known magical ‘kennings’ or types: air, water, fire, earth, and plants. Each nation specializes in of these kennings, and the magic influences the society. There’s a big pitfall with this diversity of ability and locale–not everyone gets along.

      Enter the Hathrim giants, or ‘lavaborn’ whose kenning is fire. Where they live the trees that fuel their fire are long gone, but the giants are definitely not welcome anywhere else. They’re big, they’re violent, and they’re ruthless. When a volcano erupts and they are forced to evacuate, they take the opportunity to relocate. They don’t care that it’s in a place where they aren’t wanted.

      I first read Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid books and loved them (also the quirky The Tales of Pell), so was curious about this new venture, starting with A PLAGUE OF GIANTS. Think Avatar: The Last Airbender meets Jim Butcher’s Codex Alera series. Elemental magic, a variety of races, different lands. And it’s all thrown at you from page one.

      But this story is told a little differently. It starts at the end of the war, after a difficult victory, and a bard with earth kenning uses his magic to re-tell the story of the war to a city of refugees. And it’s this movement back and forth in time and between key players in this war that we get a singularly grand view of the war as a whole. Hearne uses this method to great effect.

      There are so many interesting characters in this book that I can’t cover them all here. Often in books like this such a large cast of ‘main’ character can make the storytelling suffer, especially since they don’t have a lot of interaction with each other for the first 3/4 of the book–but it doesn’t suffer, thankfully. And the characterization is good enough, despite these short bursts, that by the end we understand these people and care about what happens to them.

      If there were a main character it would be Dervan, a historian who is assigned to record (also spy on?) the bard’s stories. He finds himself caught up in machinations he feels unfit to survive. Fintan is the bard from another country, who at first is rather mysterious and his true personality is hidden by the stories he tells; it takes a while to understand him. Gorin Mogen is the leader of the Hathrim giants who decide to find a new land to settle. He’s hard to like, but as far as villains go, you understand his motivations and he can be even a little convincing. There’s Abhi, the son of hunters, who decides hunting isn’t the life for him–and unexpectedly finds himself on a quest for the sixth kenning. And Gondel Vedd, a scholar of linguistics who finds himself tasked with finding a way to communicate with a race of giants never seen before (definitely not Hathrim) and stumbles onto a mystery no one could have guessed: there may be a seventh kenning.

      There are other characters, but what makes them all interesting is that they’re regular people (well, maybe not Gorin Mogen or the viceroy–he’s a piece of work) who become heroes in their own little ways, whether it’s the teenage girl who isn’t afraid to share vital information, to the scholars who suddenly find how crucial their minds are to the survival of a nation, to the humble public servants who find bravery when they need it most. This is a story of loss, love, redemption, courage, unity, and overcoming despair to not give up. All very human experiences by simple people who do extraordinary things.

      Hearne’s worldbuilding is engaging. He doesn’t bottle feed you, at first it feels like drinking from a hydrant, but then you settle in and pick up things along the way. Then he shows you stuff with a punch to the gut. This is no fluffy world with simple magic without price. All the magic has a price, and more often than not it leads you straight to death’s door. For most people just the seeking of the magic will kill you. I particularly enjoyed the scenes with Ahbi and his discovery of the sixth kenning and everything associated with it. But giants? I mean, really? It isn’t bad enough fighting people who can control fire that you have to add that they’re twice the size of normal people? For Hearne if it’s war, the stakes are pretty high, and it gets ugly.

      The benefit of the storytelling style is that the book, despite its length, moves along steadily (Hearne is no novice, here). The bits of story lead you along without annoying cliffhangers (mostly), and I never got bored with the switch between characters. It was easy to move between them, and they were recognizable enough that I got lost or confused. The end of the novel felt a little abrupt, but I guess that has more to do with I was ready for the story to continue, despite the exiting climax.

      If you’re looking for epic fantasy with fun storytelling and clever worldbuilding, check out A PLAGUE OF GIANTS.

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      The Artwork Of Gary Choo

      Gary Choo is a concept artist/illustrator based in Singapore. I’ve know Gary for a good many years ( 17, actually ), working together in animation studios in Singapore like Silicon Illusions and Lucasfilm. Gary currently runs an art team at Mighty Bear Games, but when time allows he also draws covers for Marvel comics, and they’re amazing –

      The Art Of Gary Choo
      The Art Of Gary Choo
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      The Art Of Gary Choo
      The Art Of Gary Choo

      To see more of Gary’s work or to engage him for freelance work, head down to his ArtStation.

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