Why Some Goals Fail

Coaching Tips and Guides

Have you ever set a goal or made a new year’s resolution where you were pumped and excited at first, then your momentum fizzled out and you lost interest in your end goal? This happens to the best of us! Some goals fail because they don’t meet five necessary conditions for success.

Setting goals is an absolute best first step. But setting goals doesn’t actually guarantee you’ll get anything accomplished. While there is something to be said for “winging it” or “let’s just see what happens” because we are taking the initial steps of action, forward progress won’t continue without a strategy.

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Marching Toward Goal Achievement

Coaching Tips and Guides

This is a reblog from last year. March-ing toward Goal Achievement is not just a play on words–this time of year truly does kick my butt. I suffer low energy levels and my productivity output decreases.

The strategies I outline through the next four weeks have truly helped get me back on track–not just with productivity but creativity also. Maybe you’ll find some helpful gems in this series!

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How to Begin Crafting Character Arcs

Approaches to Storycraft

Do you know where your character is right this second? Do you know where he’s going to end up? Do you have a logical, tension-filled, engaging path for him to follow?

Character arc, writers, is one of those necessary pre-writing decisions you need to make for your story. The type of character you want to portray will come through the arc you put him on. Conversely, the arc will help drive your character towards his story goal.

There are three major types of character arcs: Positive, Flat/Neutral, Negative. While there are some variations with the Negative arc, we’ll only focus on these three in this post.

 

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What are the Most Common Weak Words?

Approaches to Storycraft

Weak words are a story’s nemesis. They are easy to use, serve multiple purposes, and act as quick fillers–but they drag your story down and dim your writing. They crop up like kittens unless we are paying strict attention to each sentence we compose. With care and time, you can ferret them out—my advice is to wait until you’re at the copyediting stage, when there is no chance of you rewriting and accidentally adding in more of these insidious words. When you edit, replace those offenders with strong verbs or simply tighten the sentence.

“TO BE” VERBS …

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