It’s easy to say you’re going to set a writing goal and stick to it – but where do you start? Here are some examples of the types of smaller writing goals you can set to make progress toward bigger writing accomplishments.
Pitch to [magazine/blog/publication] or [number of publications]
Pitching to publications is hard, and a little intimidating even if you’ve done it dozens of times before. Pitching, whether your work/services are accepted or not, is a huge step in the right direction. It’s a constant learning experience. It also makes you more aware of the pubs that are out there, what people are reading and writing about and where your work might be a good fit. Best case scenario, you get published, or hired, or both. Rejection in its own way is still an accomplishment – it means you tried!
Make [x amount of money] per month writing
money may not necessarily be the most important thing when it comes to writing, but what better motivator than a cash reward for getting some writing done? You can enter a writing contest if you’re not making regular money as a freelancer, or establish an income stream for your blog – whatever works for you. Set an end goal for the year or small goals for each month. You’d be surprised how much easier it gets when “I don’t feel like writing” turns into “if I don’t write, I’m going to be broke for the rest of my life.”
Finish/start writing [book/novel/article/script]
Sometimes you get so caught up in worrying about how you’re going to get something published that you forget you actually have to write something first! Prioritize your goals. Even if your end goal is to get published, focus on what comes first. If you’ve already started something, make it a goal to finish it. Don’t worry about what might happen after that until you’ve hit that checkpoint. And start something new if you’re thinking about trying to get published – it’s a big step, even if the end seems very far away.
Do you have any writing goals you’re working toward right now? Share them with the class. ;)
Meg is the creator of Novelty Revisions, dedicated to helping writers put their ideas into words. She is a freelance writer and an eight-time NaNoWriMo winner with work published in Teen Ink, Success Story, Lifehack and USA TODAY College. Follow Meg on Twitter for tweets about writing, food and nerdy things.