My 2017 Writing Goals

What are you going to accomplish this year?

I am constantly pushing you to set writing goals, so that you can achieve everything you want to achieve by working smarter and focusing on what it’s going to take to get you to your finish line. I wouldn’t do this if I didn’t bother to set my own writing goals. I’m going to share a few of my goals for the year with you, in hopes that you will create your own and work as hard as you can to accomplish them.

Finish writing previous NaNoWriMo novels before November 1

One of my goals from last year was to finish writing my NaNoWriMo 2015 novel. I chipped away at it all year, but it’s still not finished. So this year, I’m going to finish it. I’ve sort of been avoiding certain parts of it, for personal reasons, but I really just need to get over it and let the story unfold and finish itself out.

I’m also going to finish the book I started writing this past November. I’ve grown a lot in the past few years, and I don’t want to outgrow these novels too much before I have the chance to finish them. That’s where I’m at in my fiction writing: each new book helps me grow, but if I spend too much time on it, it gets harder to continue writing a story I started when I was “younger,” in a writing-mentality kind of way. It’s time to finish them, put them aside and see what comes next.

Participate in only one WriMo (November)

It might seem a little strange that I’m setting a goal NOT to do something, but trust me, I should have done this last year and really regretted not doing it. WriMos are great for beginners, and really motivating for people who want to finish something and need that sense of purpose and accomplishment. I still plan on participating in NaNoWriMo, but I can’t do it three times in one year anymore. During both Camps last year, I rushed to finish on time, and while that’s good practice for meeting tight deadlines, I get plenty of that at my job now. There’s just not enough time. I only have so much energy to spare.

Knowing I only have to do one WriMo this year will give me more time to do whatever I can to help this blog to grow and thrive – which I’ll talk more about next. I’m also fairly certain this year will be my final NaNoWriMo. It will be my tenth. I love it; I love my role as an ML and I love the chance to work on a new book every year. But I’m tired. I need to be really careful about how I use my time. There are no guarantees, but we’ll just have to see how this year goes. There’s plenty of time. Hopefully.

Continue daily blog posts and grow Novelty Revisions

Last year we doubled the amount of WordPress followers we had at the beginning of the year, which is a good indicator that what I’m putting out there is interesting and helpful, at least to people who use WordPress. But the amount of hits each post gets has pretty much stayed the same, which means new people are subscribing, but people either stop reading or never really start in the first place. That’s just how it goes. If you’re not interested, you’re not interested. But one of my goals is to produce more content you’re all interested, beyond just blog posts. This isn’t about me, about more followers, about better traffic. These are all side effects of whether or not you are valuing from what I’m putting out there. I want the best for you. That is what matters to me more than anything.

You’ve probably missed this, so listen up. Last month I officially launched a Patreon page for this blog. In terms of blog posts, I will NEVER force you to pay to read anything that gets published here. I also don’t do product reviews and I don’t put up ads. We’re all here to learn and grow together, as people who like writing and creating things. I want to do more – I want to put together courses. I want to develop a writing mentorship program. I want to make videos and write short success guides. I want to help you succeed in writing, whether it’s your dream job or just a hobby. I know all these things combined will help you get more out of this experience. But I can’t do any of that for free. I would love to be able to continue to volunteer my time to help you, but I just can’t keep doing that.

So if you are at all interested in staying updated with what’s coming to this blog in 2017, or you want to help me develop new things, or you just want to financially support a blog that’s still in such an early stage of growth, you are more than welcome to become a patron. You can donate as little as $1 a month; the more support I have, the more I can do to help keep you focused and inspired to create awesome things. If you can’t, it’s OK – I understand. I’m still glad to have you here. You are amazing. Think about it. Check out the page for a sneak peek at some of my plans. We grew a lot last year, but we can do better. I know we can.




Of course, if you can’t afford to donate, you’re always encouraged to spread the word. Share posts you think other people might find helpful. And as always, keep up with the comments. They always make me smile.

I have a lot of plans beyond these – things I’m not ready to announce yet; things I’m not sure will be able to happen this year. But I’m going to try. I’m going to try harder than I did last year. I’m going to read and watch more, but I’m also going to work on creating more. I got a little lazy toward the end of last year. I really don’t want that to happen again.

What are your 2017 writing/creating goals? Share them with the class. (: Encourage each other. You’re going to do great.

Meg is the creator of Novelty Revisions, dedicated to helping writers put their ideas into words. She is a freelance writer and a nine-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.

How to Write All The Things This Year

Dare to be creative.

Stop making excuses.

Say yes when you’d rather say no.

Submit it, even if you don’t think anything will happen.

Send that email.

Go to that conference.

Write what you want to write.

Stop caring whether or not other people will like it.

Stop worrying about whether or not people will read/like/share it.

Sometimes, settle for following someone else’s directions.

But always leave room for calling your own shots.

Dare to be creative.

Write terrible things.

Write amazing things.

Write controversial things.

Write things that represent both sides of an argument.

Write because it makes you feel alive.

Write because you want to.

Write when you feel like it.

Write when you don’t feel like it.

Set a daily word count goal.

Sometimes, take days off.

Write what feels right.

Edit when you don’t feel like creating something new.

Practice writing dialogue when you’re bored.

Meet other writers online.

Try something new.

Earn your achievements.

Be proud of yourself.

Do what you think you can’t.

Be strong.

Be brave.

Don’t forget to be awesome.

Meg is the creator of Novelty Revisions, dedicated to helping writers put their ideas into words. She is a freelance writer and a nine-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.

Reflecting On My 2016 Writing Goals

How’d I do? How’d you do? Did you write stuff?

That time of year already? YAY YAY YAY!

Last year around this time I shared four writing-related goals I wanted to accomplish by the end of the year. Here they are again – and I’m going to tell you right now, I was not as successful, as far as these goals are concerned, as I had hoped. But it’s fine. Really. You’ll see.

Finish writing my 2015 NaNoWriMo novel

As of the day I’m writing this, I have not finished writing my book from last year … yet. There is still a pretty good chance that I will be able to, if I really block out time over the next week to do so. No guarantees, though. I have made progress over the year – probably about 10,000 words in total – but I have not had enough time to really bring it together and finish it. I’m going to guess I’m still about 10,000 words away. I’ll stick a short update right below this paragraph later if I do end up finishing before the end of the year though – fingers crossed.

Write and send out a query letter

Nope. Mainly because of the goal above, or the lack of being able to achieve it. I don’t currently have a novel that’s ready for querying. There’s really no excuse other than that. Maybe next year?

Finish grad school

The good news is, the grad school world, at least for now, is officially behind me. (YEEEEEEEE.) It’s the main reason why I’ve been struggling so much to keep up with posting over the past few months, but I never gave up on you. Was it easy? No. It burned me out, and then burned me out again while I was already burned out. Not a fun time. So much so that, as you are reading this, I am on vacation, something I have not done in over a year because ADULTING IS HARD. But I did it. I have more time to work on other projects now. Stay tuned for some awesome updates to the blog and associated things. (:

Write some novellas for a project I have now told you about

Started it. Got about halfway through. Had to make a choice between giving up or dying, pretty much. I’ll explain a little bit more below, but honestly, I just couldn’t do it. There were not enough hours in the day, and I exhausted myself constantly trying to keep up with word counts. So I had to put the project to bed a little over halfway through the year. I really enjoyed writing novellas; I liked the shorter format. I got to ‘meet’ a lot of fun, new characters and practice marketing my fiction. The main goal of the project, though, was to raise money for charity – and I actually did not end up doing that, at all. So at least for now, I don’t plan on resuming the project. It was a nice try, but sometimes you just have to say, “no more.”

Out of the four goals I listed publicly at the end of last year, I managed to accomplish one thing. Normally I would be pretty bummed about that, but I’m pretty sure I wrote out these goals before I’d really thought through how my year was going to go. It must have been after publishing that original post that I made it a goal to publish an ebook – which I did, this past June.

Before 2016 started, I also had no intention of starting a freelance writing career. Really. So I set all these goals thinking I would have nothing else to do with my life. After going full-time, I realized I just couldn’t keep up with most of my original writing goals, especially since they were all personal projects that weren’t going to make me any money. (It’s not that money is the most important thing to me. Graduate school costs money, and so do student loans from two bachelor’s degrees. So. Yeah.)

2017 will be a better year, especially because I’m going into it already knowing I’ll be working full-time, whether it’s in freelancing or a more traditional job. I’ve also learned not to set so many goals to accomplish in a single year. Mistake? Yeah, kind of. But it’s OK. We learn. We grow. We do things differently, and hopefully better, the next time around.

It’s important to look back and reflect on everything you DID accomplish this year. So I didn’t finish my book, query any agents or follow through on The Novella Concept. But I did write a short ebook, double Novelty’s subscriber count, write 500+ articles for clients, graduate, reconnect with friends I’ve missed, and have a lot of fun. That’s what matters – that you’re proud of what you did do, even if there are some things you didn’t quite get around to this year.

Don’t get too down on yourself if you weren’t able to accomplish everything you wanted to in 2016, especially when it comes to writing. You still have next year. You have time to rewrite your goals and restructure your schedule. If you have to, just set one goal. One thing. Work on that thing until you finish it – then move on to the next thing.

So how’d you do this year? Did you set and/or meet any writing goals this year? How many of them did you achieve, if any? What are you hoping to accomplish next year?

Meg is the creator of Novelty Revisions, dedicated to helping writers put their ideas into words. She is a freelance writer and a nine-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.

You Have Two Weeks – What Are You Going to Do with Them?

Pick one thing and do it – with 100% effort from start to finish.

Many writers, creative people in general, have one thing in common: they’re really, really good at wanting to do things, but putting them off as long as possible.

So when the end of the year appears, harsh and frantic and demanding, one of two things usually happens. You either transplant Stuff You Want to Do from 2016’s list over to 2017, or you take a deep breath and try to get as much done as possible before you have to throw your old calendar away.

You don’t have to give up and Try Again Next Year. You also don’t have to Try to Do Everything right here, right now. But you SHOULD do something. One thing. You should decide how to make the most of the rest of the time you have left before 2016 ends forever.

Why? Because, why not?

What are you going to do? Work really hard this week and then take next week off (because you can and you deserve it)? Go easy on yourself this week because the holidays are hard – which is totally OK because you’re allowed to be human? How about finally doing that one thing you’ve been putting off all year – submitting that article, emailing that editor, finishing that book, finally starting that blog?

I’m all for using the New Year as an excuse to start fresh and Do All The Things. But this is the time of year for Doing All The Things You Haven’t Yet. 2016 is not over. We all wish it would end already, but there are two weeks left. Two weeks to do what you need to do. If you already have in mind something you haven’t done yet, that’s your thing. It’s time to plan out how you’re going to get it done before the year ends, sit down and do it.

Why? Because if not now, then when? Never is a major possibility when you’re actively procrastinating. There are probably a lot of things in your life that are already wrapping up. Next week is especially critical, because most people are going to stop – or at least slow down significantly. So sure, maybe you’ll email someone and they won’t get back to you because they’re enjoying a nice tropical vacation while you’re stuck in your office trying to meet a goal no one else seems to care about. But that’s why it’s so important. Fewer distractions. Less of a chance that someone will reject you within two hours of hitting the submit button.

Whatever is holding you back – there’s no more room for excuses. Look at your calendar. Look at all the things you have accomplished in the past year. Look at your list of things that haven’t been accomplished yet. What’s the one thing you still want to cross off that list before everything resets? Circle it, highlight it, underline it, whatever you need to do. And then do it. Now. Don’t wait. Right now, the outcome is the least of your worries. Finish it. Get it off your mind. Don’t drag it along with you into 2017. Get it done and, in the most basic sense of the idea, leave it behind. If you transfer it over to your 2017 to-do list, you’re just going to put it off all year, again.

You have two weeks left to Do That Thing. This time of year is busy in many ways and awfully slow and boring in others. Just make this part of the deal.

You have to weeks left. What are you going to do? Why? How? Don’t ask when. Do it now. Start it now. Finish it soon. Start fresh; new.

Meg is the creator of Novelty Revisions, dedicated to helping writers put their ideas into words. She is a freelance writer and a nine-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.

This Year’s Failures; Next Year’s Successes

You are not always going to be able to do it all.


Hey! As you may or may not know, Project for Awesome 2016 is going on RIGHT NOW. Go vote for all these great NaNoWriMo videos so they can get some money to have a TOTALLY AWESOME year!

I had a plan.

After P4A last year, I was inspired to do something different – and, looking back, probably far too ambitious – to raise money for charity. I had this idea in my head that I would have time to write 12 novellas (20,000+ words) in 12 months, self-publish them and donate all the earnings from sales of those novellas to 12 different charities.

There were three things I did not realize when I announced that I would be doing this on January 1.

1 – I did not realize I would get a job. Or two. Or 10.

2 – I did not realize how difficult it was to convince people to purchase things, even for charity.

3 – I did not realize I would not be able to do it.

I had to put The Novella Concept on hold about halfway through the year, and am at this moment officially announcing that it is over, despite having failed to reach its many goals.

So, technically, I failed. But I’m not sad about it. I mean, I’m sad I couldn’t raise money for awesome causes. But I’m not sorry I stopped. I just couldn’t do it. It took me a little too long to realize that. But it’s okay.

I don’t feel as guilty about having to put the project on hold as I thought I would. I would have felt worse – and perhaps would not have stopped after all – if the project had been raising money as it was originally intended to do. But what I was doing wasn’t working, and I no longer had the extra time, as I had at the start, to shift my strategy in order to facilitate that kind of change.

Sometimes, even when you’re trying to do something good for all the right reasons, you have to make the decision to stop – whether forever or just for now. I wish I’d had more time. I wish I’d planned things out better. But there’s no going back.

Will I try something like this again someday? Most likely, though it likely won’t be anything like trying to write 20,000 words of fiction every month for twelve months straight. If something like that were ever to work again, I would need to have (1) fewer jobs and (2) a much larger audience. Both are extremely unlikely to happen anytime soon.

So for now, I’ll do what I’ve been doing instead – supporting charities in other ways, without destroying my sanity in the process. I want to work hard so that I have the time and money to donate to nonprofits I love. It’s one of my major life goals. I’m a long way away from being able to set aside a portion of my income to charity. Patience. Things happen, with hard work and consistency, in time.

Never let a failure cause you to believe you’re not doing a good job. Your have a lot of things to take care of – including yourself. If you’ve had a long, hard year, give yourself some time in the next few weeks to rest. 2017 is going to be great. Go into it feeling fresh, and hopeful, and determined to succeed. I believe you can do it. Believe you can do it, too.

Meg is the creator of Novelty Revisions, dedicated to helping writers put their ideas into words. She is a freelance writer and a nine-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.

The One Thing That’s Kept Me Motivated to Write All Year

This is how I stay motivated.


At the beginning of 2016, I knew I needed to start writing more. At that point, I didn’t have a job yet. A lot needed to change, and the only way I could think to get myself started – and stay on track – was to start writing down everything I wrote and published.

I’m not really sure why I started keeping track of every single article or number of words I wrote, specifically. It’s become a little much. The document is now 55 pages long, which includes every publication I have pitched to, published for, names and dates of articles and number of words.

There’s really no need to keep doing this – I’ve now worked my way up to writing full-time, which means I gather a lot of my basic motivation from an “I have to do this or else” mindset. But I keep doing it. Every single article I write goes into that document. I’ve started using it as a place to keep my ideas until I’m ready to work them out, which is one reason why it’s gotten so long. I have a lot of ideas.

I would recommend doing this, even if you don’t normally keep track of your writing. If I go into the document now, I can see all of the publications I’ve pitched to and been rejected from, who has hired me, who I still have the option to contact if I ever need to – it’s all there in one place. When I don’t feel like writing, I can open that document and see everything I’ve accomplished (it’s literally called “2016 writing accomplishments” on my desktop). It makes me feel more confident. Less like I’m going to fail if I try writing just one more thing before calling it a day.

Figure out what motivates you – even if it’s weird or seemingly pointless. Because in those moments you don’t want to keep going, you need something to remind you it’s worth trying harder. You need that push, and often, it needs to come from you.

Do you have a method for keeping up your writing momentum when life gets stupid? What’s your strategy?

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.

The 2 Types of Writing Goals and How to Achieve Them

It’s time to talk about writing goals … again.

writing goals

There are two types of writers: those who set goals and end up achieving them, and those who struggle with figuring out what they really want and how to get there.

Similarly, there are two types of writing goals: those that are easy to set and measure and those that aren’t. This post will teach you the difference between the two, how they feed into each other and how to set and accomplish each type.

Since you are most likely more familiar and comfortable with completion goals, we will cover those first.

Completion goals

What are they?

In terms of writing, completion goals are the goals you set, as the name suggests, to help you complete specific projects. These kinds of writing goals are easier to set because the endpoint and the steps to get to that endpoint are simple to outline. For example, if you want to publish a novel, you already know you’re going to have to spend a certain amount of hours and effort writing a draft. Then you will have to edit and revise, and then go through the process of either self-publishing or drafting and sending out query letters to agents. Where you begin and end are both very clear. People understand that when you say, “I want to publish a novel,” that’s exactly what where you eventually want to end up.

How do you set them?

You already know that setting SMART writing goals is one of many subsequent keys to success as an aspiring writer. We’ll run with the “I want to publish a novel.” Great start, but if you leave it at that, you’re much less likely to actually follow through with it.

You are much better off setting a completion goal like this: “I want to finish writing the first draft of my novel by the end of 2016.” This is a much smaller and more achievable goal that can eventually feed into your larger long-term goal of getting published. Probably the most important piece here is that you give yourself a deadline. This will be important when setting the second type of writing goal as well, but when you’re busy and overwhelmed and you want to write something, deadlines really do matter.

How do you achieve them?

  • Create a schedule and figure out how to stick to it
  • Hold yourself accountable
  • Create a writing-focused vision board
  • Get your procrastination under control
  • If you want it … work for it
  • Erase your excuses
  • Celebrate your small accomplishments.

Examples of completion goals that don’t work: I want to write a book someday; I want my favorite author to read my book when it gets published; I want to be a professional writer. What’s missing from these goals and how would you improve them?

Improvement goals

What are they?

Unlike completion goals, writing improvement goals are more difficult to set and extremely challenging to accomplish. The reason there’s so much material out there trying to teach you how to set goals is because, in general, we’re not good at setting goals. Especially when there isn’t an endpoint, at least not in the same way there is to mark the finish line of a completion goal. Let’s say your goal is to “improve character development in your stories.” The catch with improvement goals is that they are often tied to smaller fragments of completion goals. You don’t just want to level up your character development skills … you want to level up those skills for a very specific reason.

How do you set them?

As you are identifying and setting improvement goals, always keep your completion goals in mind. This is why there are two different kinds of writing goals of equal importance. Staying vague and failing to set deadlines is not going to get you where you want to be.

There’s really nothing wrong with a goal to “improve character development,” at least as a starting point. But there’s a pretty specific set of steps you are going to have to take here in order to set improvement goals you can actually achieve.

  1. Identify your “I am here” point. Analyze where you are in terms of character development at this moment, for example, by reading through recent character sketches or analyzing character arcs in your most recent work. This will serve as your starting point and your synthetic method for measuring progress throughout.
  2. Identify your destination. This will probably involve doing some deeper research into what the experts consider to be optimal examples of character development. Get an idea of what level you eventually want to arrive at. This will serve as your endpoint, even though, technically, there really isn’t one.
  3. Start small and work your way up. Going along with our example, you would probably want to sketch out a character’s specific arc in a story you may or may not end up writing. Practice developing that character. You might do this with several sketches. Then you might try writing a short story, focusing primarily on character development. The more you practice, the more skilled you will become, until you reach whatever metric you are using as your endpoint (e.g., “write a story with a well-developed main character.”

And always remember to tie your improvement goals back into your completion goal(s). You want to write a story with a well-developed character so you can improve character development in your stories so you can write a good draft of a book so you can publish a novel before you’re 25. See how that works?

How do you achieve them?

  • Work toward them little by little, consistently
  • Keep your completion goals in mind (your answer to “why am I doing this?”)
  • Don’t compare yourself to other writers – compete against yourself
  • Remember that small improvements are still progress
  • Don’t give up until you have the results you want, or the results you can more realistically achieve.

Examples of improvement goals that don’t work: I want to be a better writer; I want to blog more; I want to be more successful; I want to spend more time writing. What’s missing from these goals and how would you improve them?

If you’re someone who has a hard time setting and sticking to your writing goals, start here. Accomplishing goals is all about making sure you’re setting out to do what you really want to do. If you don’t want to write a full-length novel, don’t waste your creative energy trying to write a full-length novel. Every writer’s goals are different. Even if no one else respects your goals, treat them well. Take them seriously and get back to writing.

What’s your current completion goal? Your current improvement goal? Try combining them into one (long but ambitious) sentence as shown above.

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.

Am I Making Progress On My 2016 Writing Goals? UPDATE!

So how am I doing? I wanted to share an update.


Back in December, I shared my 2016 writing goals with you. This was before I started freelance writing, which means I set my personal expectations way higher than I would have if I would have waited just one more month to set my goals. It’s been a rough ride, but somehow almost six months later I’m still writing on average about 20,000 words a week. (This might not seem like much to you professionals out there, but as someone who hasn’t been doing this all that long in comparison, it’s pretty cool to me.)

So how am I doing? I wanted to share an update with you as we approach the one year anniversary of me spontaneously deciding I was going to post on this blog daily. No, I haven’t missed a day yet. No, I don’t plan on it. Yes, I am tired. And yes, it has been worth every second.

Goal #1: Finish writing my 2015 NaNoWriMo novel

Since setting this goal back in December, I have probably written about 8,000 words total. I have not been putting very much time into meeting this goal, but that is going to change soon. I have given myself a deadline of July 31. Since I probably have about 20,000 more words to write, I need to get going. I only have a first draft deadline right now, which is fine. One step at a time.

Want the premise of the story? A girl walks into a bookstore, finds a new release dedicated to her father. The book is written by someone she does not know. Her father is deceased.

Goal #2: Write and send out query letters

Nope. Honestly, I haven’t even touched this one. I would love to send out queries for the novel I’m still trying to finish. But we will have to see how much time I can give myself for editing and revisions, etc. I have never sent out queries before so this will either happen very late at the end of this year or we will have to push it back to 2017.

Goal #3: Finish grad school

I have about two and a half courses left. I made it through some of the toughest ones since setting this goal and the class that I am in right now is taking a lot out of me. However, it is my last “tough” class. The final two courses I have to take are writing classes, so … as you can probably guess, I’m not so worried about those. I will finish classes in October, which will free up so, so much time in my schedule. I won’t actually get my diploma until February, but that’s fine. I started the program at a weird time in the year. I can deal.

Goal #4: Write some novellas for a [no longer secret] project

So far, I have written and published five of the twelve novellas as part of The Novella Concept. I have sold exactly one copy out of all of them – YES!!!!!!!! (Haha, milestones.) I will begin writing the sixth story this week. I have not put as much effort into marketing the whole thing/cover design as I should be, but there is only so much I can do on my own. I  am raising money for charity – if I raise only $3 the whole year, that is still more than zero. This has been a fun experience so far. If you want, you can check out what’s out on Amazon. No matter what happens from this point forward, I still consider this a success thus far.

So far, this year has challenged me more than I have ever been challenged before, writing-wise. I have ghostwritten my first book (technically), published my first writing, written an ebook (get it here), written 300+ articles for clients and have not had a total breakdown (yet). Most importantly, I am having fun. I am slowly finding more and more things that I truly enjoy.

And I have all of you, with more joining the community every day. Thank you for always supporting me. You keep me writing even on days I don’t want to. That means the world.

I can’t wait to share my progress with you again in December, with periodic updates here and there on the blog. I will continue to post daily. As always, if you need any writing advice at all, I’m here to help you out in any way I can. Now get back to writing!

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.

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How to Juggle Multiple Writing Projects at Once

Avoid procrastination and get as much writing done as possible with these project juggling tips.


It’s only the third day of the year, and I’ve already done something I’m probably going to regret.

I’m not going to talk too much about my writing goals for the year again. I know you’re probably already tired of hearing about them. To keep it simple, I’m planning on finishing two books and a whole lot of novellas, in addition to other blogging and writing commitments.

It’s a lot to do. I’m going to have a blast, but that doesn’t mean I have less work to do. There are only so many hours in a day, especially when you plan on spending the majority of them reading and writing. Time goes by way too fast when you’re in your element.

If I want to get all this writing done, I’m going to need to figure out how to balance multiple writing projects at once. I already, mostly, have. I’ve come up with a basic plan for how I’m going to get it all done without losing too much sleep or neglecting other adult-y responsibilities.

Here are my tips for juggling multiple writing projects at once, if you’re worried about how you’re going to do that this year.

Prioritize by deadline

First things first. If you have something due in a week or even in a month, and a few things that don’t have a set deadline, put more time and effort into the project that has the deadline. This doesn’t mean you need to ignore your other projects (we’ll get to that in a minute). It does mean, at first, you’re going to have to focus more on one project than the others if you’re going to keep up.

This will really help you kick your procrastination habit. It’s not a good habit, even if you work better under pressure. Writing is hard, but it doesn’t need to be any more stressful than it already is.

Decide how you want to divide up your time

Instead of spending all your time on writing just one thing, working on multiple projects at once, whether you’re freelancing or schooling or just writing for fun, you’re going to have to train yourself to spend specific intervals of time on different projects. Doing this helps you focus on just one thing for a little while before moving on to something else, so that even though you might be working on five different things, each gets the amount of attention it needs.

Maybe on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday you can focus on one larger writing project, like your novel, and dedicate Thursday and Friday to editing or other freelance writing. Spend your Saturdays pitching ideas and, yes, you have permission to do this, take Sunday off. You deserve it.

When you can, write whenever inspiration hits

Sometimes we experience random sparks of inspiration that only last a little while. These bundles of brain rush only seem more random and difficult to navigate when you’re working on multiple things at once. You could be in the middle of writing a paper for school or an email for work and suddenly get an idea for the next scene of your novel without warning.

Make these sparks last as long as you can. Jot that idea down or write a few paragraphs, and then – no, we’re not kidding – click away. Go work on something else. It turns out that inspiration can and will carry over not only to other projects, but will also probably still be there when you’ve finished all your other work and have time to go back to the work your inspiration started from.

That, Noveltiers, is how to get stuff done, no matter how much stuff you have to do. Or a few examples of how to get organized, at least.

Happy writing! I’m off to start on my first novella. Weeeeeeeeee.

Love&hugs, Meg<3

Image courtesy of Novelty Revisions.

Meg is the managing editor at College Lifestyles magazine, a guest contributor with Lifehack and a guest blogger for Food & Nutrition Magazine. She is an eight-time NaNoWriMo winner and has also written for Teen Ink and USA TODAY College. Follow Meg on Twitter.

How to Actually Meet the Writing Goals You’ve Set for Yourself This Year


We’ve talked general writing goals. We’ve talked SMART writing goals. Now how in the world are we supposed to actually meet the writing goals we set, anyway?

Looking at the big picture, it’s pretty easy to set goals. You can set as many goals as you want to so you can improve a multitude of things in your life over a certain period of time.

But to promote change, to make things happen, you actually have to work toward achieving those goals. Following through is the hard part.

To conclude this mini-series, here are a few tips on how to overcome this roadblock.

Make sure it’s what you really want

Don’t set a goal just because you think it’s a good idea. If you’re going to work toward a goal, you have to really, really want to achieve it. Do you really want to write a book this year, or is that just what everyone around you is expecting you to do? Do you really want to spend all your time and energy focusing on a cast of characters that doesn’t actually exist?

If you do, then you’re much more likely to write, finish, maybe even edit that book this year. And that’s great. You will get there in large part because you really want to. If your heart’s not in it, you are going to struggle. The nice thing about personal goals like these? It’s all up to you. If you don’t want to do something, and no one is requiring or paying you to do it, don’t.

Wanting to do it is only one piece of the puzzle, though. There’s a little more to it than that.

Understand what you need to give up and make time to make it happen

The key to failing is not trying. If you want to write a book this year, and you REALLY want to write a book this year, it might seem like on the surface that’s all you need to motivate yourself to sit down and do it. But a big project like that requires discipline. It requires a deeper understanding of time and how you need to spend it in order to achieve your larger writing goals.

Instead of watching every new episode of Scandal on Thursdays, you might have to spend an hour writing instead. Some days you might feel overwhelmed and try to convince yourself you’ll just double up on work tomorrow. Don’t do that! Get it done. Take a deep breath and just get it done. You can watch the episode you missed online after you’ve gotten your work done.

Here’s a list of everything you have to give up to write a good book.

Find someone to hold you accountable

Sometimes, goals are a team effort. You might need someone to push you, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. If that’s what it takes to get some serious writing done this year, DO IT!

Whether it’s just one person or the whole world, find accountability somewhere other than inside your head or on a piece of paper. If you announce to all your social media followers that you’re writing a book, you are committing – and if that’s not enough motivation for you, what is?

We set goals to motivate ourselves. Even if you don’t meet any of your writing goals this year, what’s most important is that you tried. You made progress. These tips, in addition to everything we’ve gone over this week, should be able to help you move forward. If in the middle you realize you reached a little too far, adjust. Make it work for you.

You CAN do this. Deep down, you WANT to do this. If you need someone to hold you accountable, reach out here.

This year, make writing one of many priorities in your life. Make it count. Make it work by finding balance. Enjoy it. You are a writer. It’s what you were born to do.

Image courtesy of Novelty Revisions.