Do you keep a journal – or wish you could get one started? Literary Mama wants to help.
Three times a month, I’ll post a writing prompt. Open a notebook and write for 10 minutes. Don’t worry about grammar or punctuation – just write. Then let the writing simmer and your mind wander for awhile.
And who knows? Maybe you’ll discover a character for your next short story or a theme for a narrative essay. Or maybe you’ll use the idea to create a special holiday card or photo album for someone in your family. However you decide to use your journal entry, I know you’ll enjoy re-reading it months–and years–down the road.
A survey conducted in late 2007 by FranklinCovey revealed that 35 percent of their 15,000 customer respondents break their New Year’s resolutions by the end of January. When asked why, nearly 40 percent said they had too many other things to do, but 33 percent said they were not committed to the resolutions when they set them.
Are you making resolutions for the new year? Adding any writing or journaling goals to the list?
Best-selling authors and organizational/time management experts Stephen Covey and Julie Morgenstern have these suggestions to help you be more successful:
- Think of your resolutions as goals
- Set only one or two realistic goals
- Write down your goals
- Take baby steps
- Track your progress
- Reward yourself
- If you slip up, recommit
Need more inspiration? Use the SMART acronym:
- Be Specific: Your goal should answer the 5ws (who, what, where, when, why).
- Measurable: It should have concrete criteria for measuring progress.
- Attainable: It requires you to stretch a little but isn’t out of reach.
- Realistic/Relevant: You believe you can accomplish the goal; you believe it is worthwhile.
- Time-bound: The goal has a deadline.
Then, make sure your goal is:
Journal Entry: Write two writing-related goals. Feel free to use this worksheet — it’s worked well for me the past several years.