Goals For Your W.I.P (And How to Actually Reach Them)// Why I Create Series Part Four

by - October 24, 2018

Make sure to check out Part One, Part Two, and Part Three in this series before or after reading this one. It might be helpful to read them in order, but it isn't necessary. 

This is the final post in the Why I Create Series, my friends. This has been a fun series for me because I actually didn't plan the posts that far ahead. I was still staying in tune with my creative process throughout the whole thing.

In Part Two, I had said Part Three would be about goals. Then a new topic touched my heart and I decided I needed to focus on that first. So I figured I better give y'all a post about goals at least once in this series. 😜

Goals. They have a lot of weight on us because we set out to do something, but sometimes, we fail to reach that goal because life gets in the way and we have daily tasks.

Or maybe we're being lazy and watching YouTube videos and finding ANYTHING else to do besides reaching our goals. (Kind of like I'm doing as I write this post. Not the point, though.)

If this sounds likes you, stick around because I have some helpful tips that could help you. These are some things I've learned along the way. I'm still learning and I fail every day to take a step back and actually do the things I need to do. So this is also me talking to myself about actually working on my W.I.P and not procrastinate as much as I do.

#1: Get it down on paper.

This is helpful to some. This is something I prefer and it isn't for everyone. (But don't worry, I have a couple more tips for those of you who'd rather not write it down. Just keep reading.)

If you're a writer you might be obsessed with notebooks. *ahem* Again, speaking about myself here. Anyway, I have a composition book that is home to lots of notes and thoughts and I LOVE IT.  I have special paper clips, all different colors, separating the story ideas I've written down.

I have Bible study notes written in this book. I have thoughts and ideas written down. I have a chapter outline* for Uprising in this book. I use a marker to color code my notes and it's the best thing ever. (I'll share my tips for preventing bleeding from the marker in just a second.)

Anyway, this composition book is super important and I've been using it since Senior Year of high school. It was for an assignment to people watch and study those around me. I was supposed to come up with background stories for them, something that I do in my head already. That was exciting.

I've journaled in this book. It has everything.

Getting it all down on paper is so fun for me because I can color my notes, I can organize my writing, I have somewhere to keep story ideas, and I won't forget my ideas later on. I'll have them to fall back to when I'm stuck without ideas.

So, get yourself a notebook you love. (I have a collection of blank composition books waiting to be used and I have no shame in it.)

#2: Open a blank document and start writing.

This will be different for everyone. Some of you may need to outline first. We've already written everything we need down on paper, so if you need to outline, it's time to order your thoughts. In this blank document, you can outline to your heart's content. Get everything set up how you need it.

If you're like me and can't work with an outline to save your life, keep your notebook handy and start pouring your soul out on the paper. (Yes, it will literally feel like pouring your soul out on the paper.)

If you aren't a writer and you make art through some other form, start drawing, sketching, painting- whatever it is. START CREATING. I know I refer to writing A LOT, but that's because it is the form of art that I know. You can apply my words to whatever you do. You may have to tweak it, but that's totally fine!

And don't look at it with critical eyes. No, look at it with the eyes of someone bringing something to the table. Look at your work like it's the best thing you've ever made. Because while that may not be accurate, you are putting your best foot forward and you're doing something you love, something you were called to do. Doesn't that make it the best?

#3: Throw out bad advice.

If anything I've said or anyone else has said does not help you, then don't do it. Everyone has their own way of doing things. Maybe you need outlines. Maybe you need a post-it note. Whatever you need to get your creative process moving, do it. Don't let yourself fall into a belief that you HAVE to do what others do.

Related Posts:
Writing Advice// When You Should and Shouldn't Listen
You Are More Than A Writer
Realizing Your Writing Process

You are a unique creative being who can't conform to the ways other people do things. And that's AMAZING. Be you because you don't want to be a copy of someone else. Do what helps you and only take the advice that helps you.

Final Thoughts

Well, y'all, this is it. The last part of the series. I'm pretty happy with myself that I actually stuck to it. Usually, I drop the ball when writing a series, but I did it!

I hope this series has helped inspire you and motivate you to get creative. I know you can do it.

So, here's the final question of the series and it's a two-part question:

What do you like to do to be creative? What is your process for it? 

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  1. love this post, Ivie! "Or maybe we're being lazy and watching YouTube videos and finding ANYTHING else to do besides reaching our goals." << WOW yup, that's me right now, xD. Definitely something I need to work on ;). And yessss, all the notebooks. I have a problem with collecting notebooks, and so now I actually need to use them xD.

    Hmm, I like getting out my calligraphy pens and watercolors and spending some time lettering some of my favorite literary/geek quotes. This always helps me get in the "creative" mood ;). Then I'll pull out my laptop and either work on my current story, scroll thru its Pinterest board, and or spend some time writing down things that I want to incorporate in it.

    loved this series, Ivie! <3 <3

    1. Thank you! Haha, I was talking to myself a little when I wrote that part because I'm so guilty of it. Like, all the time every day. I need to work more on actually working on my manuscript, not YouTube.

      I've wanted to get into Calligraphy is looks fun and it's so pretty!

      Thank you so much!! <3

  2. I love this post! I especially relate to the YouTube part . . . *nervous laughter* whoops. I should really cut down my use of it.

    And YESS, empty notebook stashes are awesome! I have no idea what I’m going to use them all for, but maybe in five years I’ll come up with something! XD

    As for "getting creative," I’ll probably read a book, or else play the piano for twenty minutes or so. Then I’ll write, or at least do something related to my story. Most of the time, though, all my creative juices flow at about 9:30 PM, as I’m trying to get to sleep. I usually just write down the main ideas of my thoughts and then apply them to my story the next day. I don’t know how it works, but it does!

    I’m kind of sad the series is over, but it was amazing! <3

    1. Haha, I was yelling at myself a bit about that when I wrote that part because I'm too guilty of it. 😜

      I love notebooks. I have so many.

      That's really cool. I feel more creative at night, too, but work in the morning makes me wait until the day time.

      Aww, I'm going to miss it, too, but I'm so glad you enjoyed it! <3

  3. Loved reading this post so much!!! The tips you gave are amazing! I will definitely try these, especially that first tip! Thank you for this post! I have really enjoyed your series! <3

    1. Thank you so much!! I'm so glad you enjoyed the series!

  4. I loved this series, Ivie! It really did inspire me.
    I feel a bit called out with the notebook thing, I have ten just lying around right now XD
    I can't write with an outline either. I've been trying to.

    1. Aww, that makes me so happy!
      Haha, I have so many. I even have these scented ones that are pretty awesome. 😜
      I tried, but failed so many times. I find that I work in a different way. I make deep character profiles and write short scenes with the characters sometimes and that's what works for me. 😂

  5. This is an awesome post... thanks hitting the nail on the head!!!

  6. Such a fun wrap of for the series! I used to own tons of notebooks, but I went through them all two weeks ago and threw away 23 notebooks :) I tore out the writing I wanted to keep and put that in folders.

    I, too, have a composition notebook for ideas. The front cover has "Ideas" written on it ;p

    As for your question? My favorite is writing, but I also love designing clothes, painting mermaids, doodling bleeding heart flowers, embroidering bright colors, and knitting with nice smelling yarns. My process is actually a simple rule: I can do as much art as I like, as long as I finish each one. Basically, that means I only focus on one thing from each category at a time. And a little every day adds up to wondrous beauty!


    1. Thank you!! I don't know if I could do that. You are stronger than me. 😜

      Those all sound like fun! It sounds like you are very artistic in many ways. That's so awesome!

  7. I am a notoriously disorganized person, and I am horrible at taking notes. Whenever I get an idea I always tell myself to write it down or else I will forget it. And then I don't write it down so I have to figure out solutions for plot holes six or seven times XD Another problem is that I pretty much do something different every time I write. One book I'll plot and write down a rough outline and stick to it, one book I'll figure everything out in my head and not write down anything until I get to that scene on the paper, and in another book I'll not come with anything before hand and I'll write it straight off the seat of my pants.

    So I'm not entirely sure what my creative process is???? But I can assure you that it involves music and BICHOK (buns in chair, hands on keyboard- and no, I am not the person who came up with this XD).

    Great post, Ivie! I've had such fun with this series :P

    1. Haha, let me tell you how many times the plot of Uprising changed... about as many times as it has been rewritten. 😂😜

      Lol, that acronym, tho. 😜

      Thank you!! I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

    2. *doesn't want to say how many times the plot Week of Werewolves changed during all of the rewrites*

      Yeah, it's pretty great ;P


    3. Girl, that's so relatable. XD XD I mean, I say I'm on draft 15, but its lies. I know there's way more, but I stopped counting. xD


  8. This is so encouraging, thank you! <3


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