en[Vision]ing the Future

Have you ever used vision boards to set your writing goals?

Confession time: I’ve never been a planner, probably to my detriment. I’m ‘dumb’ when it comes to SMART goals and I can’t stand the word ‘objective’ or ‘aim’. I like to think it’s the free-flowing, creative part of me, others call it the ‘disorganised’ me.

But then a writer friend of mine introduced me to Vision Boarding and I was hooked.

There are many reasons why vision boards work (https://www.huffpost.com/entry/the-scientific-reason-why_b_6392274) but one of the most powerful is the actual visualisation – the use of images to see the future.

Besides, making a vision board is such a fun thing to do. 

I find while I’m cutting out pictures and text I want to use on the board, that I am thinking through what I would like my year to look like. 

Any board will do to start creating

I use the vision board to lay out future writing projects as well. This year I had a major ambition; to publish two novels.

‘The Sentinel’ was already 4 years in the making while ‘The Cloud Captains’ was over 12! I wanted to finish both and publish them. I didn’t realise how long the editing/cover/publishing would take but I did manage to publish the first and I’ve nearly finished editing the second.

I am going to use the vision board this year to re-calibrate – now I have a published novel (and realise how lengthy the process is), I’ve got a better of idea of what’s achieveable.

Having seen through my dream has given me such confidence for future writing projects and writing is at the centre of my vision for 2021.

If you’re not sure where to start when it comes to vision boards, here’s some ideas: https://www.pinterest.com.au/jacqui3358/goal-setting-vision-boards/

If any year needs a restart and a re-imagining then this year is it!

I’m off to create a 2021 vision board. 

Let me know how you set your writing goals and, if you do end up creating a vision board of your own, I’d love to hear about it.😊

Jacqui.

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