Setting Goals

Writing and a new year have at least one thing in common: goals. Sure, some of us choose to make them and others don’t, but goals are often a key aspect to both writing and starting a new calendar year.

So, are you making any goals for this year? How about writing goals?

When it comes to writing, here are a few tips that I find to be important:

  • Be accountable. Find someone—it doesn’t have to be your best friend or greatest confidant—and tell him or her your writing goals. Pick a few people, if you’d like. Ask them to remind you about your goals. And when they forget, make a point to tell them anyway. Every few months, let them know how your goals are going. If nothing else, you’re checking in with yourself to see if you’re on track.
  • Make at least one “quantitative” goal. Make one goal something you can measure. Write two chapters by June. Write ten poems by August. They don’t have to be published; they don’t even have to be good. But if you’re spending some time writing and making it a discipline, it’s a worthy goal.
  • Make at least one “qualitative” goal. This one is harder to count, and that’s okay. This goal should touch on your “why” of writing. In other words, it should help you focus on your motivation for writing. Maybe you’ll gear your writing toward a certain audience this year. Maybe you’ll come up with a personal mission statement when it comes to your writing. Maybe your goal will simply be to have fun while writing.

I don’t have my writing goals set quite yet, but I’ll be making them this week. I’ll also be evaluating my goals for last year to make sure I was on task for both my “what” and my “why” of writing. Blessings as you do the same!

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