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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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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 […]

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Was 2019 a Productive Writing Year for You?

By objective measures, 2019 was a productive writing year for me. It’s a mixed bag, though, because subjectively I don’t feel creatively fulfilled. There’s an element of going through the motions, and that’s not going to be productive for me in the long term. I wrote things and met my deadlines. I published books and […]

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Do You Have Any Short-Term Writing Goals for 2020?

Short-term goals are anything that will take under a year to accomplish. I’ve centered my short-term writing goals for 2020 on completing the first draft of this novel by February 29th. I would like to have it edited by the end of the summer and in shape to begin querying by next December’s PitMad. To […]