Of The Making of Goals

Goals as permanent as words written in the sand.

“Of making books goals there is no end, and much study wearies the body.”       Ecclesiastes 12:12, New International Version (paraphrased)

Our world is full of sayings about goal setting. 

“If you aim for nothing, you’ll hit it every time.”

And many others.

Now we’re nearing the close of 2016 and so the topic of setting our goals for 2017 is starting to pop up everywhere. Since the Fiction Writers Blog Hop focuses on writing, we’re dealing specifically with our writing goals for 2017.

Goals? What goals?

I’m supposed to actually think this all through? Map it out on a corkboard or a spreadsheet or a “My 2017 Writing Goals Collage?” Make it visible, permanent, real?

Whereas I can understand the benefits of these processes, and I know they help gazillions of people around the world, I have always had trouble with . . .


Yes. It stands there in huge capital letters, looming over me while I cower before it, because try as I might over the now long years of my life, I’ve rarely been very successful with setting or reaching goals that I set that way.

You know – in stone. Like the law of the Medes and the Persians.

Whether because of my ADHD, or something else, my life doesn’t seem to cooperate with that technique. Like the things I “put where I won’t forget them” end up vanishing, goals set so formally, so officially, so visually get strangled to death and fade from existence more often than not.

For me, life doesn’t cooperate with hard and fast goals.

And so I just sort of, kind of know what I intend to do . . .

the Good Lord willin’ and the creeks don’t rise.

I know I want another Emory Crawford Mystery written by midsummer – if I can. It would be better to have a deadline. Yes. A goal line to aim for, if you will. I do well with deadlines.

I know I’d also like to write a few short stories based in the ECM world – if I can.

But these will be the extent of my GOAL SETTING. Anything firmer I know will somehow get adjusted, altered, or even dumped as the year progresses  . . .

and life happens as unpredictably as it does for all of us. 

Hugs from Pearl 

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