It’s the Spring it’s past the normal time for New Year’s resolutions, but I’m a strange bird I never make New Year’s resolutions I make my resolutions in the Spring. I like making my goals in the spring because of the symbolism of new life and stuff like that. In March, I made my first ever writer goals. It’s been three months, and it’s time to check in and see how I’m doing and give you 25 things to think about when you set your writing goals.
First, let’s talk about my writing goals for 2021. I have two writing goals for 2021/2022, to self-publish one romance novel by spring 2022 and to have written four romance novels. I would like to publish all four novels, but because of the expense. I think that is unrealistic, but I’ll try. I can control my writing schedule so I will write all four novels and have them ready to go through the publishing process when I can afford it.
I have one business goal and that is to build an author platform. That is a more nebulous thing for me, it is much harder for me. I need to and have pledged to make 3 YouTube videos a week done that consistently since April I have seen no positive growth, really. I have blogged three times a week since April and also seen no growth. I am trying to be active on Facebook and Instagram, but find consistency harder. I just don’t know what to do on there. Okay, so I need to improve my Facebook presence and my Instagram presence. I will make 2 Facebook and Instagram posts a day. 2 a day.
Am I on track? Well, I finished one romance novel and it will go to the editor on June 1, 2021, to start the publishing process. If all goes according to plan, “Lucy’s Choice” will come out in May 2022. I have started a contemporary novel. It’s harder going than the first novel.
Setting goals helps me stay focused on the future and it helps me let go of the past. Letting go of the past is difficult for me. I ruminate and turn over the hard times in my life like I’m stirring a pot. It’s not that healthy. Having goals to focus on keeps my brain looking forward. It keeps me organized and I have a much better chance of feeling successful.
Let’s talk about 16 tips to help you reach your goals.Set yearly goals. Then set monthly goals based on your yearly goals, and weekly goals based on your monthly goals, and daily goals based on weekly goals.
For example, I want to write four books in 2021/2022. That’s a book every three months. I need to plan and write in one month, so I have time to edit and polish the book appropriately. Get feedback from Beta readers and incorporate their feedback. That’s a tight schedule and stretch goal. I need to write four chapters a week. I need to write about 3000 words a day. Serious writing.Set SMART goals your goals should be smart with little letters and I’m sure they are but they should also be SMART with big letters.
Having goals that are specific like I want to write 4 books by May 2022 is a specific goal. I’d like to write a book someday is too vague and will probably never become a book. The goal needs to be measurable, for example 4 books. Achievable because I am a full-time writer. Realistic because I write every day 7 days a week. Time goal based on the date of May 2022. You see how that goal is a SMART goal with capital letters. You can make your goals SMART in capital letters too.
- You need to get a journal and a day timer or other way to track your time daily. You need to know where your time goes every day, you’ll want to schedule time for writing and other writing business activities like reading and learning. But you are going to need to write those goals down and track how things are going. For example, I might write that I needed to scrap the first idea of my second novel. Not that you will want an excuse, but you will want to document the things to look back on and find tways to make improvements in your systems and processes.
You’ll want to track your progress to keep yourself encouraged. Some goals take a long time to achieve, and tracking your progress can literally mean the difference between quitting and accomplishing something really significant.Be accountable. Be answerable to yourself, of course, because it is all up to you. But find a friend and tell them your goals and then have a weekly check in. Do this over the phone and can take just a few minutes. Having an accountability partner can move you to the next level in your goal achieving.
Journal about why you want to reach your goals. What it will be like for you. How it will change your life. Get clear about these things.
Figure out where you want to be in one year, then six months
From there you need to find milestone of that goal and schedule them
Figure out monthly goals and weekly goals to schedule.
When your goal is a stretch goal after you work hard for it don’t forget to schedule a recovery goal. A goal that is less demanding than your maintenance goal.
When you set a series of goals, set broad goals first, then specific goals.
Set goals you can control. I am publishing my own books because that is a goal I can control. Finding an agent and publishing is not a goal I can control.
Break the big goals into small goals.
set aside blocks of time for writing and other tasks.
Use the Pomodoro method to complete tasks like writing or social media.
Set a timer for 25-minutes
Take a 5-minute break and start again
Expect the unexpected. Sometimes things happen I have chronic pain and there are days that I can’t write. I need to plan for those days. And forgive myself.
Write anyway some days I need to write anyway,
Check in with yourself every three months to see if your long-term goals are being met or if you need to make a change. When I checked in on myself this month, I discovered that my writing goals are fine but my business goals need more definition.
Last, and this is the most important of all the tips. I can’t stress it enough. GIVE YOURSELF PERMISSION TO DREAM BIG. Dream of what you want and then figure out a way to make that dream come true. Your Dreams should be over the top. Your goals the steps you take every year, every month, every day to make that dream come true that needs to be achievable.
I hope you make your every dream come true. Thank you for spending time with me. Share your dreams with me by writing your dreams in the comment box below. Give this a thumbs up, share it with your friends, and don’t forget to subscribe if you haven’t already.