Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Happy New Year! Setting Writing Goals in 2015

Setting goals for the immediate and distant future is key to continuing on a clear writing path. (We can only call ourselves writers if we're actually writing, right?) I've written about self-evaluation in classes and questions to ask about your writing. Today I'd like to focus on creating a clear plan.

The beginning of a new year is a good time to take stock and set some goals for yourself. Take 15 minutes to half an hour to draft your answers. 

There are five main areas to consider when you plot out your time and plan your writing project:

1. Research & Organization 
2. Drafting
3. Editing & Revising
4. Reading (Craft & Literature)
5. Submiting

Think logistically: What needs to be done? How much time to do you have every day, week or month to work on these areas of your project? Be truthful and honest about what's possible. Allow yourself to set goals that you can truly meet. 

To follow-up, take a look at your goals and your progress every three months or so.

I'm available to help you to set goals and deadlines. I'm also happy to send along weekly reminders and check-ins between appointments. Learn more about my private writing coach services. 

What's your writing plan for this new year?

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