Goal setting is essential for writers. Knowing what you are aiming for and how you are going to get there is an important part of the writing process. We may have dreams of being published and having best sellers but to get there takes lots of smaller goals. Breaking down your end goal into manageable, realistic chunks is the way to go. I have put together some useful articles and podcasts that discuss goal setting.
We all set goals with the best of intentions but it’s easy for those goals to fall to the side. This article from The Novel Smithy tells us there are ways to choose the right writing goals, ones that set you up for success rather than disappointment. Setting S.M.A.R.T. goals is the way to go. This acronym stands for specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely. It explains each and tells us we can focus on a project-based goal or a time-based goal. The pros and cons are explained for each. The article goes on to share 7 tricks for meeting your writing goals including, creating a routine, writing your goals down, organising your goals into smaller chunks, finding your mental blocks, outlining your novel, including mercy days, and tracking your results. All these are explained.
In this article, The Write Practice discusses the two types of goals every writer can set and accomplish: action and result goals. Action goals are the actions you perform on a regular basis. They are bite-sized goals. Result goals are how you win. You need both goals if you want to finish a writing project. This article also discusses the S.M.A.R.T. goals but also says your goal should be within your control. This is a concept somewhere in between ‘attainable’ and ‘realistic’. It moves on to discuss 4 reasons you must finish your writing project. These are that you must define your ending, discover a story’s potential, improve your book, and practice writing. By setting S.M.A.R.T. action goals and result goals, you’re more likely to finish a writing project that brings you joy instead of stress.
Keeping to your goals in writing is hard. Balancing creative time with other life stuff going on is hard. Now Novel shares ten ideas to help you keep your goals. These include: writing your goals down in detail, choosing measurable goals, setting realistic, attainable targets, and setting short and long-term writing goals. These ten ideas are discussed.
There’s no better time to set a writing goal than right now. In this article, it is demonstrated how to get a goalsetting process in place and how to create measurable goals and provides examples of how each one can be achieved. It discusses four different types of writing goals: long-term goals, motivation-related goals, time-bound goals, and specific writing goals. The article moves on to share a 10-point step-by-step process for setting writing goals. It also discusses 3 things you need to meet your writing goals. These are a support network, be realistic, and patience and kindness. It may take time but while you are hitting small deadlines and achievable goals you are always moving forward.
To freely thrive as an author, it is not only beneficial but necessary to set long-term goals that provide direction and purpose. This guide discusses six steps that will empower you to take charge of your writing career, make informed decisions, and turn your aspirations into reality. These are: deciding your author vision, setting your writing goals, breaking it down into action steps, determining your timeline, tracking your author progress, and reviewing and adjusting. Each step is discussed.
- 036: The Secret to Setting Goals That Actually Get Done: Michael Hyatt Interview [Podcast] (goinswriter.com)
In this podcast, they chat with Micheal Hyatt about setting and achieving goals. They discuss his 5-day process for goal setting and the reasons why some people are able to achieve their goals while others don’t.
Story Embers share their top tips for setting writing goals that will help you maintain a consistent schedule no matter how busy your life is.
In this episode from the Walden Writing Centre, they discuss how to create an effective writing goal as well as how to keep yourself accountable for whatever goal you set.
These articles and podcasts offer great advice for setting writing goals, but I think the two most important pieces of advice are to, first of all, set realistic goals and, secondly, break down your goals into small manageable chunks. I hope this week’s been useful for you. As always, if there are topics you would like me to cover, please get in touch.
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