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” (

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.

Resolving conflict

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.

Writing Gothic

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!

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8 thoughts on “Creativity Workshop: Setting Goals

  • May 7, 2010 at 10:44 am

    Good specific goals Karen, but I can only see once set of four linked stories in there.

    For example, how are you going to link your ‘theme’ goal stories and the ‘conflict’ goal stories?? What’s the connection between the four?

    Why only two gothic stories and not four?

    These are not supposed to be exercises. You are aiming to explore your creativity by producing three sets of four stories in a linked series.

    For example, in your ‘conflict’ series, you could write four contemporary stories, all linked by having the protag as a member of the same family.

    Do you get what I mean?

  • May 7, 2010 at 11:25 am

    I do Merilee, just I also plan on taking part in SoCNoC in June and don’t want to spread myself too thin. I have my goals that I believe I can realistically achieve, and if I find that I am overly motivated, then I will do more. I also have my year long goals, that I want to accomplish as well.

    With my present state of mind, I am wondering whether I will actually physically be able to cope with this workshop, but will continue to battle on for as long as I can. Sorry if I sound bitter, I am very tired and struggling to keep going at the moment. Hoping it is only a phase / weather related issue / illness and not something more serious.

  • May 8, 2010 at 7:54 am

    I’m sorry you’re having such a rough time, Karen. Hope you feel better soon! I like your idea of using the word-a-day calendar. How fun! 🙂

  • May 8, 2010 at 11:13 am

    I think, what has upset me the most this week, is the fact that I have only felt like writing once, on Monday. The rest of the week, I haven’t turned my laptop on, and that frightens me… Still, I am feeling a little better in the mornings, so perhaps I need to rearrange my day so I do the crappy tasks (like housework) when I feel crappy… Not sure if that will work. Still, just have to keep smiling 🙂

  • May 8, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    🙁 Sorry to hear things aren’t going so well. I think the turn in the weather is getting a few people down, so hopefully it’s just something to be adjusted to. I really like the idea of using new words.

    • May 8, 2010 at 6:23 pm

      With some of the words coming through, it will be a challenge all on its own!

  • May 10, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    It sounds like rearranging your schedule would be a good idea. Try it for a few days and see what happens! 🙂

    (Perhaps you’ve already done that. Obviously I’m a few days behind 🙂 )

    • May 10, 2010 at 1:55 pm

      I’ve had good days and bad days, so will have to play it by ear. As at 12:55pm, Monday 10 April, I have changed sheets, washed said sheets, done breakfast dishes and had an hour long walk. Now for a rest this afternoon, and some idea creating. Hoping there is enough time in the day to accomplish everything!


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