Set Reasonable Writing Goals
As you kick off the new year with a fresh, clean slate and are armed with the desire to:
- Write a book
- Blog more frequently
- Journal daily
- 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:
- Why you’re motivated to meet them
- How you can meet them
- 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