Goal, Motivation and Conflict was an excellent workshop yesterday, courtesy of Deb Dixon. I highly encourage any one who writes anything to get her book and follow its guidelines. It has helped me tremendously with my own fiction writing.

Starting today, I’m doing something new. I’ve found some quotes I think are excellent for my life and am gong to try and relate them to writing. The first one is, not surprising, about goals.

A goal, properly set, is half way reached — Zig Ziglar

I’m a plotter.

When I start a new novel I plan the whole thing out, bullet point by bullet point. I now where I’m going, who I’m going with, and the stops and starts along the way. Only when I feel ready and solid with my plot, do I begin the actual writing work. This quote from businessman and motivational speaker Zig Ziglar is a truism for me. I actually feel like I’ve done all the hard work when the plotting is set. The typing and putting the words down on paper doesn’t seem so hard after that because I know my way. Of course, there will always be little detours, sub plots I didn’t think of at the time but now feel right, characters I want to add or remove. Those things are easy to accomplish. The hard part for me has routinely been the road map. But once that is done, like Ziglar, I feel more than halfway there to my goal of completion.

Any thoughts?


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