Welcome to The Month of Extraordinary Goals in June, 2020.
Special focus: Staying focused on a specific goal or intention while we adjust to reopening the world.
But what the hemk is it?Inspiration. Motivation. Accountability. People who care.
In a nutshell, The MEG (Month of Extraordinary Goals) involves a small group of writers focused on individual projects with 4-week deadlines.
Throw in a writing and creativity coach to support the collective effort and conduct weekly group sessions designed to reinforce confidence and motivation (hey! that’s me!), et voila! Begin with a goal, end with a sense of achievement.
The MEG is usually a chance to sink your teeth into a single project and use an extraordinary situation to push it past “I’ll make progress someday” to “I’m doing this now! And it’s so cool!”
We are still not in usually times. We’re shifting from shelter-in-place to a cautiously reopening. Who knows what the new normal will actually look like? Creativity and motivation can be a struggle on a good day, especially with all the fun distractions at our fingertips (I’m looking at you, Animal Crossing).
It’s a good time to let go of goal setting and accountability, if that sort of thing adds to your stress.
However, since when did tapping into your imagination and playing with creativity make you feel worse about yourself? I don’t mean diving into depressing scenarios in your mind; I mean inventing worlds and adventures, recording the quirkiness of daily life, exploring the nature of creative identity, and getting lost in the rabbit holes of research for the perfect character name.
Do you need to feel good about yourself and what you put into the world?
Do you need a reminder that you can still put things out into the world, even now? Especially now?
If you’re out of work and/or feeling wobbly about your identity, remember this:
A writer is a person who writes. And that’s you. Even if the writing has been on hold for a few weeks or a couple months.
Would you like to return to a regular practice of connecting with your writer soul? What does that look like for you?
Let’s make it happen. $40 and 4 weeks. (May was $20; July will be $60)
This is how it works:
- June MEGgers meet in your own private Facebook group where you check in with each other, chat, and share inspiration.
- Once a week, I lead a 90-minute session on Zoom where you catch us up on your progress and I walk you through an exercise designed to keep you engaged with your project and feeling good about what you’ve been able to achieve.
- I am also accessible for personal pep talks and prompts if you need them.
- The first few days are for introductions, defining and sharing your goals, and establishing the ideal time for the weekly group coaching call. Then, we hit the ground running. Or ease into it. Whichever works for you.
- Accountability is a key ingredient in The MEG, which means: People giving a hoot. Figuring out your personal accountability style is one of the first things we do.
Your goal is uniquely yours. To get an idea of the goals and intentions past MEGgers have set for themselves, here are a few examples:
- Write the proposal for a non-fiction book
- Submit 3 poems to 3 publications every week
- Write and schedule 1 blog post every 5 days
- Go through a collection of old writing and organize it
- Figure out Act 2 and write 25k words
- Get a website up and running
- Finish 1 story a week and share it with others
The MEG is personal. If you don’t like the word “goal” there are other ways to play this. Ask me; we’ll figure it out.
$40 and 4 weeks. Let’s do this together.
Or Venmo @ Bronwyn-Emery or paypal.me/authorbronwynemery. Registration open until midnight Sunday, May 31 (PST), unless we fill up beforehand. Room for 6 people, max.
Questions, concerns, or suggestions? Email email@example.com.