How to Set Good Writing Goals

How to Set Good Writing Goals

I absolutely love setting goals, but for some reason I never really used goal setting in my writing practice until recently. I mean, I set big, vague goals like "Write every day" or "Finish my novel" but I never used specific, actionable goals. Now that I've started, I wonder where they've been all my life. Setting specific, actionable goals like "Finish outlining my novel by the end of August" has given me so much more excitement and momentum in my writing practice.

Here's how to use this in your own writing practice:

1. Gather your planning resources. This might include your planner, your phone calendar, your bullet journal, a blank calendar and writing log (you can find those in the Secret Library).

2. Set a tangible goal related to a specific project (i.e. instead of making a goal to write ten minutes a day, make a goal to spend ten minutes a day working on articles that you plan on submitting). Make sure this goal is tied to a specific outcome.

If possible, have a larger goal in mind that you are working toward as well. For example, right now my goal is to work at least a few minutes on finishing my Story Genius Writing Checklist (I'm outlining my novel using the Story Genius Method) with a goal of finishing the outline by the end of August. But my larger goal is to finish my first draft by the end of the year.

3. Break down your tangible goals into smaller weekly and daily goals, then plug them into your calendar. Hang up your goal setting sheets where you can see them and be reminded of them daily.

4. Lastly,  adjust your goals regularly. Life happens and you might get behind. Or you might discover you need to scale your goals back a bit or use a different method. It's okay to change your goals. In fact, it's a good thing because it means you are taking your goals seriously.

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