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I'll admit. I can be bad with making commitments to my goals.


For instance, sometime last year, I finally created my own website. I made a goal for myself. I was going to blogs weekly. I wanted to further advance myself as a writer.


Cue to this moment right now. Where I'm finally making my third blog after so long. I know that because of this ongoing pandemic, it's only natural that life literally gets in the way. Ultimately though, I only have myself to blame. Unfortunately, more often than not, I create these writing goals to myself. "Oh man, I've got this great idea for a novel!" "Oh wow, I think I need to make a screenplay out of this!" "I am gonna do it! I'll write piece by piece every day in order to fulfill my project!" Then, procrastination comes in. From telling myself "I'll do this tomorrow," which then leads into "I'll uh...eventually do this." I find myself in this never-ending cycle constantly.

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Recently though, I've been self-reflecting. Like, really self-reflecting. Taking the time to truly think about past aches in my life, along with asking myself "Have I truly healed emotionally? Why do I still carry so much emotional baggage?" Without bombarding everyone with my own personal strifes, I've recently got into thinking that, in order to truly become more committed as a writer, I have to first be fair to myself. That is, rather than expecting myself to be "perfect" with all the "great ideas," I need to think about ways in which I can, realistically accomplish my writing goals. The following is a rough list for myself, which can also be applied to your own writing journey as well:

  • Create a weekly writing schedule. For instance: Setting 10-15 minutes every morning, afternoon, or evening where you devote time in writing about anything. Whether it's related to your own writing project or just writing about your feelings/observations in life.

  • Create a Writing "To-Do" list for yourself, jotting down all the ideas you have for future writing projects you may have in mind. If you'd like, you can even put in your own "deadlines" for each idea you have listed. That way, you can organize your ideas and complete them by each deadline. Check or cross off any writing idea that has been completed.

  • Make monthly goals for yourself. For example, perhaps this month you could make a goal where each day, any time an interesting idea for a story, poem, play, and/or screenplay comes into mind, you immediately jot it down on paper or even voice record yourself saying that idea.

  • Read a book! Sometimes, the best thing you can do if you're ever feeling uninspired is by simply reading. In a time where there's so much to watch on Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, and other streaming services, devoting time to read can be a challenge, especially if you're feeling exhausted after a long day of work. Yet, if you want to even try setting a reading schedule, for yourself as well, such as devoting 30 minutes of reading time, it can also help further enhance your own writing skills through being immersed by an author's writing technique.

  • Research different writing prompts online. There are a number of writing communities devoted to giving writers a space to explore their creativity online. For starters, check out here: https://www.reddit.com/r/WritingPrompts/

As I'm continuing to self-reflect, I think that after today, I'll be sure to motivate myself in truly committing as a blogger. I feel confident that this time, I can help further enhance my site through consistently blogging. I aim for at least 2 times a week, which I feel is a realistic goal for myself. And even if I do happen to miss a week or two, this time I won't automatically give up. I'll simply, well, get back on track the following week. So I can do this! And, for those of you reading this, you can do it! I believe in you! :)






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