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Shatter Your Writing Goals



Writing goals are intentions writers set to help influence their writing experience in positive ways. By pinpointing areas in the writing process that require growth, appropriate goals can be identified and established. Likewise, breaking negative patterns many writers unconsciously develop as they navigate along their writing journey, and replacing them with doable targeted goals, can benefit the writer and enhance the overall writing experience.



Goal setting is not for everyone, and individual writers may have vastly different goals. Always do what works best for you. Adopt what resonates with you from this article, add to it, or ignore items that don’t pertain to you. To begin, identify your personal writing goals; anything you wish to build on, eliminate, or introduce.


There are many options for recording writing goals. They can be formally written, typed into a calendar, outlined, organized by using sticky notes on a goal board, or kept strictly inhouse, in other words, in the writer’s mind. Writers can map out their goals for the week or month.


Keep your writing goals realistic.



UNREALISTIC GOAL: I will secure representation this week and become a best-selling author by the end of the month.

REALISTIC GOAL: Finding three suitable agents that match my genre and sending each a query letter.


From my experience as a writer, it’s best for me to separate my goals into three categories:



EASY-PEASY: Short-term goals that can be accomplished within an assigned day or days

Suggestions


Monday

Post a new blog or writing tip article

Work on query letter and synopsis

Collect info for daily posts, such as quotes, writing reminders, new words with definitions, etc.

Tuesday

Focus on self-editing my WIP

Use the FIND FUNCTION to search for redundant words in my WIP and change them

Swap out general words for more specific ones in my WIP

Replace busy words with more sophisticated words and verbs in my WIP

Wednesday

Brainstorm article ideas for my website

Brainstorm meme ideas

Thursday

Create posts and memes for the week

Fix character dialogue in WIP so it is concise yet interesting

Friday

Start creating blog/writing tip post

Search for inconsistencies and plot holes in WIP and fix them

Saturday

Create Instagram story

Finish blog/writing tip article

Trim WIP - delete anything that doesn’t move the story along

Sunday

Mindful rest and recovery

Reflect on the week

Move unmet goals to the following week



MIDDLE OF THE ROAD: Medium-sized goals that require time and planning


Suggestions


Set aside at least 20 minutes every other day to write/edit

Write 500-1000 words per writing session

Schedule a writing or critique session with fellow writers

Find an online writing group to join

Search for at least 10 agents/publishers to query

Research how to self-publish

Research for WIP

Search for and read books in and out of the genre you’re writing in

Take inspired action toward your writing goals

Work on shaping a killer opening line

Search for alpha/beta readers

Make sure your WIP has all the required essentials



This is Going to Take A While: Long-term goals that require a lot of time, thought, and in some cases research.

Suggestions


Finish my current WIP by the end of the year

Search for comparative titles to add to query letter

Stop procrastinating and be more productive

Brainstorm ideas for next WIP

Create new characters for next WIP

Create a vision board for things you wish to accomplish or envision for the future

Change mindset to an I CAN attitude

Get rid of negative dialogue in your head/replace with positivity

Train yourself to believe you will be published then envision your published book



I find that weekly goals suit my writing, and the use of calendars help me thrive. On Sunday I set my goals for the week and record them. Whatever goals that aren’t met, are moved to the next week.



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Hi. I'm Liz Ambrico, freelance proofreader and aspiring author. I too am querying agents, editors, and publishers in hopes of becoming a published author.

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