A Commitment Exercise

I want to urge you to commit.  Before writers begin the advanced lab I have them answer a series of questions in their foundation week.  I have designed something similar for you to do here. 

What do you want to commit to finishing?

What is your goal?

It could be to write every day for three months. It may be to have an outline done by September 1st. Or maybe you want to finish a rough draft of a story that's been tumbling around in your heart for a decade or so. Whatever it is write it down.  No seriously. This is your stern writing teacher talking.  Take out a piece of paper and write it on that piece of paper. 


Now I want you to write down 25 reasons why this goal will never happen, why it will never come to completion. 

Do it! 

You've read this far! So write down your 25 reasons why it just won't work out... Push yourself. They can be dumb. They can be brilliant. Just get em' down. 


That's right. Convert each of your reasons why not into a why.  On a separate piece of paper. So if one of your reasons why not is: I'm too old. Your conversion may look like: The dude who wrote Angela's Ashes was old. Or it may be better written and more researched then that. I'm just saying you don't need to overthink this one. 

Now post your 25 reasons why this may just work somewhere you can see them. Yes it's hokey. But you know what's really hokey? Not working towards your goals. 

Remember- you can't save your ass and your face at the same time. What does that really mean? It means sometimes getting things started, or finished, or sticking with them in the middle may look a little silly. That's okay. Let it look silly.  Just make sure to stand in your own life and make what you want to make. 

Please let me know in the comment section if you tried this and if so if it helped. And feel free to share your goals in the comment section for added accountability.