Have you set your writing goals for 2010 yet? Setting goals is easy when you use the SMART format:
S= Specific. Identify a concrete product that you intend to create, e.g., a novel, a nonfiction book proposal, a short story, a memoir.
M= Measurable. Goals should include something you can count on a daily basis, e.g., finish five pages per day or two chapters per week.
A= Achievable. Set goals you know you can reach. Most people set goals too high, get discouraged, and quit. Setting goals you have a good chance of making sets you up for success.
R= Realistic. Again, set goals that are do-able for you and your lifestyle.
T= Time Limited. Give all goals a deadline and track your progress using some type of log.
Once you have goals, create action steps that you will take on a daily basis to reach these goals. This can include setting aside time after dinner each evening to write, going to the library on weekends to do research, or taking classes to improve your skills. I call this your Writing Action Plan™.
Post your plan somewhere that you will see it every day, and reward yourself weekly for making progress toward your goals.
Learn more ways to set and achieve writing goals in TIME TO WRITE: More Than 100 Professional Writers Reveal How to Fit Writing Into Your Busy Life-- No Excuses, No Distractions, No More Blank Pages (Adams Media).
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