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Make some goals.

This is a tip for all of life that can be applied to poetry. Here are some ideas for types of goals:

  • Number of poems in a given period (day/week/month/year).
  • Minimum number of times to edit each poem.
  • Number of people to collaborate with in a given period.
  • Number of collaborative works created in a given period.
  • Number of new words you will learn and use in a poem in a given period.
  • Number of new poetic forms you will try in a given period.
  • Minimum number of times you will try a new form before giving up or deciding it is within reach of mastery.
  • Number of poetry events in which you will participate in a given period.
  • Number of new poet’s works you will read and analyze to broaden your horizons.
  • Number of persuasive, inquiry, story, descriptive, or other type of poems you’ll write to master a new mode or communication goal.
  • Number of hours you will write in a given period.
  • Number of hours you are working to be able to sit and write without self-interruption.
  • Number of new inspirational devices you will try in a given period.
  • Determine to find a new type of audience for yourself in a given period.
  • Determine to write a series with a certain minimum number of poems in it.
  • Number of poems to write specifically for recitation in a given period.
  • Number of recitations you will do in a given period.
  • Number of chapbooks to self-publish in a given period.
  • Number of books’ worth of poetry to write in a given period assuming X poems per book.
  • Number of publishers to approach in a given period.
  • Number of poems to write outside of your normal levity level: If most of your poems are serious, write some light ones, or vice versa.
  • Number of CDs to produce and publish in a given period.
  • Number of exercises in this book you will complete in a given period.
  • What other goals could you set?

As with all goals for life, make them SMART:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Attainable
  • Realistic
  • Tangible

 
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