What does goalsetting have to to with poetry? might be an immediate response to todays topic. And the answer is, that depends on what your goals for your poetry are. If your goal is a bit of cheap therapy, and youll never show the poems you write to anyone, thats fine. It is still a goal. Anything that a person does, they are getting something from it. So, why not have stated and conscious goals to help you get the most out of your poetry?
Goals for poetry can fall into many categories: goals for practice, goals for production, goals for collaboration, goals for poetic self-improvement, goals for publication or exposure. There are probably some other categories that a creative poet could add. The main thing is that creating and writing down our goals allows us to focus on them. Theyre like New Years resolutions.
Oh, dear, that does bring up another thought. How do we stick to our poetic goals better than our New Years resolutions? There are two parts. The first is to formulate your goals well, and the second is to have a system in place to keep your goals in mind.
There is an acronym in goalsetting: SMART
So, that leaves the need to keep our goals up front and have a laser-like focus (I will use fewer clichés in my writing.) on accomplishing them. And that will leave me with something to talk about in another Discourse.
The Gnostic Poet
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