May 5, 2013
Question of the Week:
Do You Set Writing Goals?
Many writers set goals for themselves: In one year, I will have a completed manuscript, or in three years, I will be published, or in five years, I’ll be a best-seller. You might also have short-term goals: Today I will write two thousand words, or This week I will submit my proposal to my editor, or I will query seven agents this month.
Do you set goals for your writing career? What kind: daily, weekly, yearly, long-term career goals? Are they detailed or more general? Do you share your goals with anyone?
My answer: I set weekly and yearly goals. My weekly goals might be “Write ten thousand words in my manuscript” or “Plot Book Two” while my yearly goals are more big-picture and career-related. Some of my writing friends and I email our weekly goals to each other every Sunday. Posting our goals to the group gives us accountability, and it also helps us create a plan for the week. The following Sunday we report back if we met our goals, and then we set new ones for the upcoming week. We congratulate each other when we’ve met our goals, and commiserate when we don’t. We also set yearly goals, which we store in a group file.
Most of my weekly goals are attainable, but I try to set at least one “superstar” goal that makes me really work for it. I don’t make my superstar goal every week, but when I do, it’s a great feeling of accomplishment. For me, setting goals, and particularly reporting the results to my friends, is extremely motivating.
Your turn: Do you set writing goals? Short- or long-term, or both? Do you share your goals with anyone?