(From The Writer’s Devotional by Amy Peters, Sterling Publishing, 2012)

The indispensable first step in getting the things
you want out of life is this: decide what you want. Ben Stein

 Sometimes the most sage and sound of advice is also the most straightforward. Such is the case with humorist, author, and commentator, Ben Stein’s kernel of wisdom. There are times when the seemingly simple stuff can trip a person up. You think you know the endgame but have you really defined your goals?

Begin by deciding what you want to achieve as a writer. Have you always dreamed of writing a successful novel? Or, do you have the desire to keep your writing to yourself, cataloging family recipes or tracing your genealogy? Maybe you want to master haiku or write for a local newspaper.

Take the time to reflect and to delineate your writing desires. Then put your goal in writing, determining a time frame for achieving your goal. By defining what you want, you’re creating a type of road map to follow, helping you to steer clear of distracting detours. As baseball player Yogi Berra put it, “If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.”

Submitted by Barbara Cairns (SSRA Member)

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