(Part 3 in my desire to make a profound and lasting change in my life)
I’ve mentioned before (a couple of times) how discussing my goals can derail achieving them. With my current goal – to pay more attention to details in my writing – I have another challenge. Unfortunately, this goal is a bit abstract. It’s not like saying "I want to eat more vegetables." That one is measurable. A new reality for this goal might look like: "I will eat two servings of fruits or vegetables with each meal." I can picture that outcome; it’s concrete.
But how will I know when I’ve achieved my current goal? Yesterday when describing the problem, I said that that I’m a big picture or small detail type, nowhere in between. The obvious goal would be finding the balance, of holding the big picture in my mind while examining the details, however I have no idea how to measure that.
Not having ever experienced this state of balance before, I’m turning to you for help – how will I know I’ve achieved this goal when it’s not directly measurable?
- Admit when you don’t something and ask for help.
- Trial and error sometimes is the only way to figure out a workable solution to a problem.
Using today’s trial and error method. Here’s a go at crafting a new reality for my goal…
Goal: finding a balance between the big picture and the small details in my writing.
For each story/novel, I will create an organizational chart starting
with the central idea, then breaking it out into sections, chapters and
scenes, including all subplots and interweaving themes.
- For each story/novel, I will create diagrams that show the relationship between each piece of the story.
Or more generally, for each story/novel, I will use a tool of some sort
to visually represent all the parts of the story/novel, from the
central idea, to plot points, subplots, themes and individual scenes.
living the new reality.