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Do You Use An Accountability Buddy?

An accountability buddy is someone, usually another writer, that you share your progress with. Telling someone that you’re making word count, getting pages edited, or working out the kinks in your story drives you to actually do those things. At least, that’s theory. At various times in the past I have been involved in writer’s […]

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Do You Create Goals Within Goals?

My goals are like Russian nesting dolls. Each large goal contains a whole series of progressively smaller objectives. There are plans within schemes within other plans. It’s also akin to the old adage about how to eat an elephant: you take it one bite at a time. If you don’t break complex tasks down into […]

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Goals Journal The Merry Writer Writing

When Did You First Start Setting Writing Goals?

During a period of unemployment I found myself freelancing to pay the bills. There were no jobs, or I was under-qualified, or frustratingly overqualified. I’d always puttered around with writing, but never seriously. When rent and groceries were on the line, I decided that I needed to start setting writing goals if I was going […]

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Do You Give Your Writing Goals Deadlines?

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” -Antoine de Saint-Exupéry My goals have to have deadlines. They hold me accountable, and require me to make discernible progress. I have to make a certain word count every day. Editing needs to be done by a particular date. The manuscript has to be ready to […]

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Goals Journal The Merry Writer Writing

Share a Piece of Goal-Setting Advice

There’s only one piece of goal-setting advice that I have to offer, and that’s to learn about SMART criteria. You have to be specific about what you’re trying to accomplish, progress has to be measurable, the goal has to be realistically achievable, the outcome of the goal has to be relevant to your life and […]