Welcome to The Month of Extraordinary Goals in May, 2020. Special focus: holding onto a special focus while our shelter-in-place focus is all over the place.
But what the hekk is it?
Inspiration. Motivation. Accountability. People who care.
In a nutshell, The MEG (Month of Extraordinary Goals) is a small group of writers focused on individual projects with 4-week deadlines. Throw in a writing and creativity coach (hey! that’s me!) to support the collective effort, 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!”
This is not usually times. We’re sheltering in place and remaining informed about the global pandemic swirling around out there; 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 things like the perfect character name.
Do you need to feel good about yourself and what you put into the world? Or even a reminder that you can still put things out into the world, even now? Especially now?
How about a return to feeling somewhat normal?
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.
Would you like to return to a daily practice of connecting with your writer soul? What does that look like for you?
Let’s make it happen. $20 and 4 weeks.
Over in The MEG in May 2020, we’re spending the first three days of May building the group (max 8 people this time) and identifying the goal/s that our future selves – our June selves – will thank us for.
This is how it works:
We meet, check in, and chat daily in a separate Facebook group, The MEG in May 2020. Once a week, we meet in a 90-minute Zoom room where you catch us up on your progress in real time and then 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.
Accountability is a key ingredient in The MEG, which translates as: People giving a hoot. Figuring out your personal accountability style is one of the first things we do.
I will also be accessible for personal pep talks and prompts if you need them.
Your goal will be 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.
$20 and 4 weeks. Let’s do this together.
Venmo @ Bronwyn-Emery or paypal.me/authorbronwynemery. Registration open until midnight Sunday, May 3 (PST) or we fill up. Room for 8 people, max.
Questions, concerns, or suggestions? Email email@example.com.