This pandemic has lasted longer than what we initially thought it would. Though solitude often goes hand-in-hand with being a writer, sometimes too much solitude makes us less effective as writers.
Now, more than ever, I find it necessary to plan and set goals by writing them down, thereby ensuring that they become a reality. When you write something down as a plan or goal you tend to accomplish the task.
Sometimes I find it hard to concentrate with the monotony of being inside so much, only to leave home for essential tasks and not so much for enjoyment through social meetings. I do meet a friend, though, each week to go walking in the park. We keep our social distance as we sit and talk on long picnic tables, too.
To not lose purpose as a writer, I try to come up with new projects to keep me motivated. It seems that within the next few months, I will start doing monthly podcasts to complement this blog, making them entertaining and informative as a learning tool. I’ll draw from my two books, Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All, and my latest title, Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing for inspiration to do podcasts.
When I get rolling with the podcasts, I’d like to do author interviews, so that all can hear the voices of authors, and not just read their written words. Now, I am still in the planning stages and listening to other podcasts to pick up techniques.
What are your goals as a writer for the rest of 2020 and for 2021? Do you have other artistic goals? Having short-term goals, such as weekly ones for both personal and professional purposes, helps immensely. But, we also need to set long-term goals to give us purpose.
For me, setting goals has always uplifted me. I believe that if you are feeling somewhat gloomy, you can set some goals for yourself, and see if they lift your mood.
All Good Wishes,
Copyright 2020 by Charlotte Digregorio.