Merilee has given us the homework of setting some goals – Achievable goals – for the course the workshop.
I chose four of the interests / problems that I have and set the following goals:
Using the right words
Specific: Use my subscription to “Word a Day” (Dictionary.com)
Measurable: Try and use that word in my writing (within reason)
Achievable: Write a piece with at least 4 new words in it each week for the 12 weeks of the course. (I get 7 words a week, but some, like iatrogenic just aren’t something that can be comfortably inserted into a story! – btw, it means a malady induced inadvertently by a physician or surgeon or by medical treatment or diagnostic procedures – yip that’s one word that won’t be included :o)
Specific: Study stories and try to pick out there themes. Pick a simple theme and use it in several stories with different outcomes
Measurable: Write a short story using the theme with different outcomes
Achievable: Write a different story each week for four weeks, using themes as the main basis.
Specific: Define conflict and the variations. Work conflict into one of the stories, and work towards not having it resolved. Work conflict into a story and work towards slowly resolving conflict
Measurable: Have one story where conflict is not resolved and one story with a conflict that is slowly resolved.
Achievable: four short stories with different endings based on how the conflict is resolved.
Specific: Define a gothic tale. Understand and translate a gothic tale onto my own pages.
Measurable: Produce a piece of material that is gothic in nature
Achievable: Have two stories of gothic undertones within the 12 week period.
I think that will give me more than enough to keep me going over the next few weeks, bearing in mind I also intend to write a 50k novel in June! Wow, I am going to be busy – might have to start the housework at 6am so I can fit everything into my day!