Goals

Editing My Life

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I’m not sure where the first half of 2018 has gone.  It seems like only yesterday I was writing down my new year’s resolutions – some of which I’ve actually managed to maintain.  Others were abandoned/forgotten.  

July feels like a good time to re-evaluate my progress.  

I’m healthier.  I made walking/hiking part of my life.  I started strength training and while I need to be more consistent, my body is stronger.  I feel better than I have in years.  I’ve lost weight – not as much as I had hoped but I still have 6 months to go. 

One of the things I wanted to work on that still needs improvement is utilizing my “down-time.” I’ve spent time on my photography but there’s other things I enjoy.   So in this next half of the year, I’m going to finish the baby blanket I started crocheting.  I have a beautiful puzzle that needs to be put together.  After working all day, it’ll feel good to engage my mind on something I enjoy.  

During June, I spent a lot of time staining my deck – never realized how many pickets we had on that sucker.  I thought my hand was permanently stuck in the “holding the brush” position.  While the work was time-consuming, the pay-off has been so rewarding.  Most evenings I’m out on my hammock, torches burning, crickets singing, frogs croaking and me – doing my best to unwind.  I think the alone time has helped with my stress.

Life goes by so quickly.  It wasn’t that long ago that I was at ballgames cheering for my boys.  Now, two of them have children.  It’s quite challenging to build a new life (in a matter of speaking) when your world has changed.  I want to make sure that I’m living the best life I can.  I don’t want to look back with regret.  So that’s what July 2018 is for – editing my life and evaluating my progress. 

Overall:

I’m proud of my successes but there’s room for improvement.

How about you?  How’s things going with your resolutions/goals?

-Deb

 

 

 

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Writers Workshop – GMC(R)

On Saturday, I was able to attend a writers workshop put on by Chris Wilk.  The focus of the workshop was GMC(R) – or Goals, Motivation, Conflict and Resolution.

Taken from the workshop handout:

At the heart of every story are the goals and motivations of its characters, what they want and why.  Conflict ensues when obstacles, setbacks and antagonists thwart their efforts.  GMC is the bedrock for plot.  In the end, characters achieve or fail, and are often changed, which adds the “R” — resolution to the GMC(R).  

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My current WIP has given me a bit of trouble and this is where the workshop helped.  As I thought about my main character – about what makes her tick – I realized that I didn’t really know her.   I’ve spent plenty of time putting her in awkward situations but I didn’t make the effort to get inside her head, to learn about what motivates her.  That was a mistake – one that I am working to rectify.

This is why I love workshops and conferences – they give me an opportunity to learn, to step back and identify an area that can use some improvement.

As 2016 is right around the corner, I’ve added a couple of conferences to my calendar.

Book ‘Em North Carolina will be held:  Saturday, February 27, 2016 at Robeson Community College in Lumberton, North Carolina.  It’s Free and open to the public. 

Carolina Writers Conference will be held:  April 26, 2016 at Lockhart-Taylor Center in Wadesboro, North Carolina. There is a charge for this conference but it is nominal.  If my memory serves me right, last year it was $20 or $25 and included a catered lunch – which was delicious!

For many people, attending a conference isn’t possible.  If that’s you, there are online options that cost nothing but a click and your time.  I have found the sites listed below to be very informative.

Kristen Lamb’s Blog

Writers in the Storm

The Insecure Writers Support Group

Writers Helping Writers

Do you have a favorite site/blog that offers writing tips/resources?  If so, please comment.