Writing goals

Goals for Writers: Staying in your own dance space

Even passive or constrained characters drive their own stories. When a character is unable to physically act, the story must dip into forces that shift their mindset. Wishful thinking isn’t enough. The character’s internal changes must trigger a transformative arc that continues to propel the plot forward.

And don’t all writers crave propulsion in their writing lives?

Here’s an intriguing connection to mull over: Effective writing goals thrive on the same levels of specificity as the goals of our characters.

  • Is the goal tangible?
  • Is it measurable?
  • Is it actionable?
  • Is it attainable?
  • Is it timely?
  • And is it conscious—have you articulated your goal in a way that you can proactively pursue it?

Lisa Poisso, Editor and Book CoachUnderstanding how stories work changes everything. I’ll show you how to back up your creative instincts so your ideas hit home. Ready to get serious about your book? Apply to work with me.

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