It’s the perfect time for authors to set goals for the new year. It’s a chance to share what you’ve done or try something new and to add plenty of reading to your goals.
A Productive Rant About Setting Goals As A Writer: And how doing so will help set you free! by Keri Kruspe
Check out this productive rant about setting goals as a novelist, by sci-fi romance author, Keri Kruspe. Uncover how setting goals will help set you free and achieve what you want as a writer.
One of the best ways to stay motivated as a writer is to track your progress. One of the advantage of using an app is that some of them offer pretty graphs or charts.
Most writers, sooner or later, will hit the problem of the Sagging Middle. The story pacing slows—the plot might even bore you a little bit now—and you don’t know what to do about it.
How are your writing resolutions going so far? Have you been meeting your writing goals? I’ve been working at it and succeeding to a certain extent but according to astrologers the planet Mercury has been retrograde since early January, scrambling communication, causing glitches in technology, delays for travelers and generally making it an uphill battle to get into an organized, efficient routine for making good on all those New Year’s resolutions.
Stop Thinking About Your Goals and Do Something! Active Practice vs. Passive Learning by Carol Malone
Back in my early adulthood, I sat in a workshop where the instructor beat us over the head about setting goals. Right now I can’t remember much of what he said, but I do remember I thought long and hard about goal setting, but not so much about how I might actually reach a goal. I don’t remember the instructor teaching us the practical steps of working at a goal.
I’ve been talking about goals a lot lately and their importance to us as writers. In last month’s WFZ article, I mentioned how amateurs are different from professional writers in that they show up and do the hard work required of them every day, even if they experience boredom. This time, I want to discuss the importance of actually accomplishing something, whether it be in writing or in life.
How many of us have said, “I want to be a writer?” Great goal. A little vague, but a worthy goal. If we write notes, holiday cards, or a grocery list, we’re writers. How can we narrow that aspiration down or beef it up? “I want to write the next great American Novel.” Better. At least you now know what you’re aiming at as a writer. Still a tad unrealistic.
“Trevor’s only wanted to raise her girls and fight for her community nursing program. She didn’t have time to be distracted by the hot fireman she burned years ago by refusing his marriage proposal. If she could just remind herself of her desires each day, it wouldn’t be so hard working closely with him to help his father recover from a stroke.” Take Harte a novel by Carol Malone.
Your plan should have all the tools you need to accomplish what you want. It’s YOUR writing business, and YOU decide how and where to go!