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What Writing Goal Do You Want to Accomplish in 2020?

Lately I’ve talked a lot about my writing goal. Rather than repeating the same answer, let me break it down further, to an emotional level. People beyond my current publishing niche will recognize me as a writer  by the end of the coming year . Whether or not I sell a novel or end up […]

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What’s Your Writing Resolution for 2020?

In the past I’ve spoken at length about why I don’t do New Year’s Resolutions. Declaring that you’re going to do a thing isn’t an effective plan for getting it done. I will bang the gong for SMART goals until the day I die. In the spirit of the question, though, I will talk about […]

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Goals Journal The Merry Writer Writing

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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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 […]