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Friday Five ... Going There

It’s finally time. It’s time I finalize my resolutions. But mine really aren’t textbook resolutions. I learned, long ago, those never work for me. Instead, I assign myself goals and tasks. Past ones that have worked well:
Eat more fruit.
Embrace the icky, tricky, and sticky.

This year, I have four measurable goals and one that promises to be more challenging.

1. Write two novels this year.
2. Revise one additional novel.
3. Ready new speeches or talks at least four weeks previous to presentation.
4. Use handweights at least once a week.
5. Go there. Put your characters in hard situations. Make them wish they only felt crummy. Risk feeling the necessary feelings the characters are experiencing. Prepare to cry and get goosebumps and feel your whole body buzz with excitement. Go there.

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newport2newport
Jan. 6th, 2012 03:26 pm (UTC)
That's a whole lotta challenges you've set for yourself. I'll be working hard on my NOW goals, and will also be cheering you on...

Are you going to SCBWI-LA this year? I'm seriously thinking about signing up. Would love to spend more time with you this year, at the conference and/or elsewhere...
jodyfeldman
Jan. 6th, 2012 03:30 pm (UTC)
Those are a lot of challenges, but there's a game plan involved which I will eventually talk about ... and that will put everything into perspective.

Yes, the plan is to be at SCBWI-LA this year. I hope you can make it. Or at least swing by one day for lunch and/or dinner.
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