The end of the year is in sight, and a welcome relief to many. This is usually the time of the year when many writers begin to think about the coming year and what this wish to accomplish. With that in mind, I thought it might be useful to focus on setting writing goals that actually work. The links I’ve chosen this week should help you to set some great writing goals for 2021 and figure out where you want to be come this time next year.
- https://thewritelife.com/5-steps-for-setting-writing-goals/ – 5 Steps for Setting Writing Goals You’ll Actually Keep: This article from The Write Life provides 5 steps that you can follow when setting your writing goals for 2021. The first step is to decide the type of goals you want. In terms of writing, this can be breaking things down into smaller categories such as submitting to 12 competitions, complete draft 1 of next novel, etc. There is a step on conducting a self-review which is actually very useful. There are some great tips in this short read.
- https://www.writersdigest.com/writing-articles/7-tips-for-creating-writing-goals-that-actually-work – 7 Tips for Creating Writing Goals That Actually Work: This link is from Writer’s Digest and contains 7 tips for creating writing goals that you can work towards in 2021. The first tip is probably the most important and that is to set realistic goals. Step 2 is about taking your time and baby steps really can work. There’s a section on tracking your success as well as information on finding an accountability partner to keep you in check.
- https://thewritepractice.com/writing-goals/ – Writing Goals: How to Set the Right Goals: While this article was written for 2020, the principals still apply for 2021. There’s a free download of a goal setting worksheet and a section on the 4 different types of goals. The project goal section is excellent and includes some great examples. You can set weekly goals and daily goals, and there are examples for each of these included too. There’s enough information to get you going but not too much that you feel overwhelmed.
- https://www.well-storied.com/blog/how-to-set-effective-writing-goals – How to Set (Truly) Effective Writing Goals: You can listen to this article on the Well-Storied Podcast if you prefer and the link is at the top of the post. There is a section on what effective writing goals look like along with information on setting flexible goals so you don’t burnout. There’s a lot of great information in this article including maintenance goals, stretch goals, and recovery goals.
- https://becomeawritertoday.com/writing-goal/ – How to Set an Achievable Writing Goal that Actually Works: This article has a number of different sections to it and explains what the SMARTER goal system is and how to use it. There a section on creating goals based on word count, by project, by deadline, by earnings, by publication, and more. There’s also a section on how often you should set writing goals and a frequently asked questions section at the end. This is a complete guide to creating writing goals that you will find achievable in 2021.
- https://prowritingaid.com/art/1179/how-to-set-and-meet-your-writing-goals.aspx – 5 Tips for Setting Writing Targets and Recovering from Unmet Goals: This in depth article from ProWriting Aid looks at a number of different things including how different goal setting methods work differently for writers. This is a great way to help you find what will work for you. Keeping your goals visible is another great tip and you’ll find information on this as well as how to ensure your writing goals are attainable and sustainable. One of the great things about this article is that there is a section on creating a recovery plan, because let’s face it, we don’t always meet our goals.
- https://www.enchantingmarketing.com/writing-goals/ – Big, Hairy Writing Goal? Here’s How to Write More and Fret Less: The title of this post caught my attention. There is a section on how to create SMART goals and how to break things down into doable chunks. This could be writing 300 words a day. There is brilliant section about fear and how this can be the number one cause of failing to meet writing goals. There’s a section on how to set your writing goals too which is extremely useful.
- https://self-publishingschool.com/writing-goals/ – Writing Goals: 10 Surefire Ways to Set & Stick to Your Writing Goals: The final link for today lists 10 ways to set your writing goals and then provides a detailed explanation with examples of each. The tips include starting slowly, breaking up your writing goals, cutting out distractions, and celebrating every victory. There’s information on how to have clear and specific goals and how writing goals can vary from person to person. There’s something in this article for everyone and if you are looking to set goals for 2021, I highly recommend it.
I hope you’ve enjoyed all these links and are now ready to start setting your writing goals for 2021. If there is a topic you’d like to see me cover, all you need to do is get in touch with me via any of my social media links.
(c) Amanda J Evans