It seemed reasonable to write down a goal to create a short story or poem about something specific, but when I do that, the goal sits undone day after day. It turns out I don’t feel inspired to write then. I could try harder, but it feels like such a struggle.
It makes sense to change the goal to something that doesn’t require that my muse cooperate, by making it about reading more background information. I can prime the pump, by doing background reading, even taking a walk and play ‘what if?’ If I don’t produce a poem, or a short story, at least I’ve learned something. And that’s a goal worth having.