Like a Tango dancer, I’m working to polish my craft. I’m told that Tango, a basic eight-step dance, requires passion and seduction. I like one-word keys to prompt me when things aren’t going exactly as planned, thus Tango. With burgeoning writing passion barely contained, I have discovered I needed to dig deeper to harness the seduction part in order to produce a successful Tango.
The American Heritage dictionary defines seduction as: to entice or beguile into a desired state or position.
So, how will it entice me into the desired state? By revising my goals.
I wrote them down on New Year’s Day, even told a few folks about them, enlisting my over-developed sense of accountability to keep my goals front and center. After all, when you tell someone you’re going to do something, you must do what you say you will in order to maintain your integrity. I included specific tasks and exact completion dates, some for the first half of the year and two longer goals for writing new novels. Yet, a week into the year and I’m madly revising – how’s that like a writer?
My goals were not inclusive enough and the rewards too wimpy. I started with a slingshot launch, fast and forceful into 2012. However, on day three, my slingshot broke and I disappeared into a shell of quiet solitude, yet the internal voices kept shouting so loud that silence turned out only a dream.
What I did learn? I require a balanced approach to my goals, incorporating my writing ones with the ones for everyday living. Sounds simple enough, right? Maybe a brain cramp produced by too many fireworks on New Year’s Eve prevented me from seeing the obvious.
Therefore, I’m making lists of things I want to for this year: writing, home, garden, and travel. I’m going to color code the specifics goals completion dates into my calendar. I’ll let you know mid-year how it’s going.
How’s your Tango going?