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Set Reasonable Writing Goals

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Set Reasonable Writing Goals

As you kick off the new year with a fresh, clean slate and are armed with the desire to:

  1. Write a book
  2. Blog more frequently
  3. Journal daily
  4. Whatever it is you want to do with writing…

I implore you to set reasonable writing goals. What’s reasonable for me, may not be reasonable for you and vice versa. I wrote an entire 50,000 word novel during NANOWRIMO. Was that a reasonable writing goal? Not especially BUT it was a goal I intended to meet. “Winning” NANOWRIMO means you have to complete a 50,000 word novel during the month of November; that breaks down to 1,667 words per day.

On a regular basis, doing my clients’ writing projects I write many more than 1,667 words per day. Fiction, however, is another matter. Writing that many words of fiction is out of my comfort zone, but because I am motivated to complete my cozy mystery novel and the other two I have planned for the series, my writing goals were reasonable for me, at that time.

In order to set goals you need to know:

  1. Why you’re motivated to meet them
  2. How you can meet them
  3. What the outcome of meeting, or not meeting, them will be

Knowing your “why” will help you move forward toward your ultimate writing goals. Do you want to write a novel? Blog more often on your website? Is it in your 2017 plan to send out a newsletter to your clients?

Remember, your “reasonable writing goals” are yours to claim and to meet. Don’t let anyone else tell you or make you feel that you’re not as accomplished as they are because “they” are writing seven blog posts a week and you’re “only” writing two. Two blog posts a week may just be your reasonable writing goal. Am I right?

What are your writing goals? What are you hoping to accomplish with your writing in 2017? Are you looking to amp up your productivity on your own blog, find more clients, write a novel? Let me know, in the comments, what you want to accomplish in 2017 I just might have systems and hacks that can help you get there!

Who am I? I’m an award-winning author, full-time writer, breast cancer survivor and pet mom. I’m also a person who really wants to walk 10,000 steps a day so my FitBit will make happy noises, but that hasn’t been happening. I speak on personal time management because let’s face it — time management isn’t a one size fits all — the way in which you get productive needs to be based on your personal style. Intrigued? Email me for info: Robbi AT AllWordsMatter DOTCom 

25 replies to this post
  1. Great motivational post! We plan to definitely write more in 2017 – we plan to add a book or two to our publishing arm, and increase our blog post frequency. It is a commitment when working full-time, but if it’s a passion you create the time! Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Congrats on adding books! E-books, print or both? I have two in the works right now! I agree — and hope my passion will keep me posting this year!

  2. I’d love to write more but life gets in the way. While out walking, I’m always thinking about something I should write about. When I get back to the house, there’s always something more pressing so for now, four meaningful posts a week on one blog has to be my goal.

    • Four posts on your blog. Wow! That, to me is HUGE. I set a goal to post at least once a week on my three blogs so here’s hoping that happens! I’m like the cobbler who wears bad shoes because I am too busy working on my client’s “shoes!”

  3. Thank you for this! I’ve found that since I started my blog (in October) I’ve been struggling with what/how to write because it’s felt forced and it hasn’t felt “real”. I think I was trying so hard to fit into the blogging community that I felt pressured to get out so much content per week or to make my pictures/post look a certain way.

    My goal for 2017 is to write from my heart and have more confidence in myself while doing so. I have a goal to post weekly and am trying really hard to plan out content ahead of time so my blog is more enjoyable. When I have more of a plan, my writing feels more real and I feel more confident in it, therefore more willing to share!

    • I agree… if you’re not writing from the heart or your passion, it does feel forced and it’s like pushing a rock uphill if you don’t like what you’re writing. Keep me posted on how your writing goes this week. Do you use an editorial calendar? It makes things so much easier — I find.

    • Thanks! Yeah, I don’t like when people say, “you must write X number of posts or words, or whatever a day/week.” Only you know your own rhythms, goals and how to meet them!

    • I keep going back and forth on post length. One week Google says long and the next Google says short. See you on social!

    • I agree it’s easy to focus on one goal at a time. Do you do one project from start to finish or do you mean one goal for a set amount of time, then move onto the next? Thanks for commenting!

  4. Great post, thanks for sharing! As a new blogger my goal is to write three posts a month (ideally one post a week, but I’m giving myself something obtainable to start with). Now I just need to set aside enough time to make that happen.

    • I think three posts a month is a great goal to set. Do you have a big block of time to write them/one of them or are you writing in snippets or pockets of time? I have advice on snippet blogging if you’re interested!

  5. 1 and 2 is are definitely me. I’ve struggled last year to publish two blog posts a week. Unless they are sponsored posts, that writing has to fall behind writing for my clients. Luckily, I found the perfect assistant and she is helping me write my own posts as well as publishing a few of her own guest posts. I plan to write a book by next spring too. It’s a hiking guidebook so most of this summer will be taken up with “research” (aka. hiking and camping). I do plan to partially write up each hike and publish it on my blog too though so I can pull them together into a draft of the book. Writing this summer will be accomplishing two goals for me. Thanks for the tips.

    • Jessica, how exciting on your book and you are certainly the expert to do it — and you have adorable inspiration! Hope your own posting keeps going well — I need to commit to more of my own myself!

  6. Thank you for sharing this inspirational post. A 50,000 word novel in a month? Wow!
    It has been a few years now since I published my children’s book. I do have an idea in mind for a novel and would like to make a start on it this year. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    • Oh, I hope you work on your novel — I’d love to hear about it. I am determined to write and self-publish my cozy mystery this year!

  7. I hadn’t thought about a writing goal before this, but I like your viewpoint. It is smart to personalize goals. All of us are unique and should create goals that are compatible with our strengths and needs. 50,000 words in a month is quite impressive!

    • Did you personalize any goals, writing or otherwise? Well, I did finish 50,000 words in November, but it’s the editing that will take time! Thanks for commenting!

  8. I swear this post was written for me! My 2017 goals 100% include writing more, and it has been a challenge to figure out just how much “more” I can handle. Thank you for helping put this goal in perspective!

  9. Great inspiration. Thank you for that. My goal for this year is to become more skillful at writing. I’ve enrolled in an English Grammar Refresher course (it’s been “a while” since I’ve been out of school), and I’m very excited. As my blog grows I find myself getting more serious about writing. I’ll probably never write a book, although I have to say I’ve got plenty of material for one. All the best to you!

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