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Kate’s Wild Goal: “I Want to Help Under-Represented People Through Storytelling”

By Dave Fox
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
January 29, 2019

On January 17, I wrote an article that breaks down the science and psychology behind how to succeed at your goals. Now it’s time to get specific. 

I asked readers to write and tell me about their wild goals for the coming year, as well as the first steps they might take in pursuing those goals. In this series of articles, I offer tips to help turn those dreams into reality.

This year I would like to take steps towards writing the stories I discover in my daily travels (through life) with the dream of doing this sort of writing internationally. I have taken your travel writing course through Udemy and believe in your idea of making everyday an exploration. The question is how to focus in on and complete one piece. 

“I would love to practice setting up exploratory questions that take me to different places in the world, particularly around issues such as the use of art (visual and theatrical) to help give a voice to under-represented people, the use of story and narrative to help kids overcome trauma (perhaps within the refugee community), special education around the world, and untold stories of women both in the US and internationally). 

“I am also motivated to start a writing group in my home. I have been trained to lead writing groups using the Amherst Writers and Artists method, a methodology that asserts that everyone can write when given positive feedback and supportive environment. I want to offer people a contemplative writing that I feel is so needed in these tumultuous times.  

“The small steps I can take towards these big goals are to make a flier for my writing group, focus in on one writing topic, and finish and send out one poem.” 

~ Kate in Berkley, California

 

You’re right on track here, Kate. You’ve come up with a broad, long-term goal, but also a clear goal for your first success (“focus in on and complete one piece”) as well as small and manageable first steps for a couple of the items on your list.

Your long-term visions are both wonderful and important: “ … to help give a voice to under-represented people, the use of story and narrative to help kids overcome trauma (perhaps within the refugee community), special education around the world, and untold stories of women both in the US and internationally.”

If you give some thought to the specifics of why these issues are important for you to work with, and what the specific, long-term outcomes might be, that will help motivate you further.

Meanwhile, create a plan for your first published article or poem. What will you write about? Where will you pitch it? What are some easy publications, and some long-shot publications you could approach? And what’s your own, personal deadline for getting it written?

I’m thrilled to hear you’re thinking about starting a writers’ group too. Having a community of people with similar goals not only helps us to hone our skills; it also keeps us motivated.

Best of luck to you, Kate! I look forward to hearing about your successes as they unfold!


Dave Fox is a personal development coach who specializes in helping creative people achieve their goals, and in helping expats navigate the challenges of life abroad. If anxiety or uncertainty are getting in the way of your dreams, Dave can help. Learn more here.

If you’ve got dreams of becoming a travel writer, he also offers a fun online course on Udemy: Travel Writing: Explore the World and Publish Your Stories

 

Published on Thursday, January 31, 2019

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