How to Set and Achieve Outstanding Writing Goals
Which kind of people set outstanding goals and achieve them?
They are people who move from success to success, it seems angels are carrying them through life.
The prolific author whose books moves from one Amazon best-selling list to the other.
The startup that acquires funds and keeps growing.
The freelance writer that makes thousands of dollars monthly.
These people don't give excuses.
They don't wait for life to happen to them.
Like a professional bull rider, they hold life by the horns and ride it charging to the direction they want to go.
They keep moving forward at tremendous success.
If you want to succeed quickly as a writer, set goals and get them done.
How do you set goals that you’ll work towards and get wowing results?
Pray About It.Ask God about your writing career. He'll show you how to promote that novel. He'll show you the route to take.
Best of all, he'll work with you to make your dream a reality.
Know the Kind of Writer You Are.Every writer has a methodology.
Some are plotters while others are pantsters. Some are storytellers; others are motivational speakers.
Understand your methodology and the kind of writer you are. That way, you’ll set goals that suit your personality and writing style.
Know Your Inspiration.What's your inspiration? Why did you decide to become a writer? What's the reason behind your Christian writing choice?
Do you do it because you love God? Is it a way of expressing yourself?
Determine your why?
For me, writing is like eating to live. Everyday, I have new writing ideas. They keep piling up and are fighting for a creative outlet.
I write to channel my ideas into the world. To speak to you. To create worlds. To show what God can do.
That's why I write.
It has helped me set goals that are big, bold and focused towards God.
Set Big Goals.
Outstanding success requires outstanding goals.
You don't become an NBA Star by practicing once a week. You don't become a great writer fast by writing when you feel like it.
It requires you to push beyond the normal.
That means big goals. Goals that will make you look back at where you were last year and feel it was six years ago.
The goals have to bring you out of your comfort zone.
If you are comfortable with writing a thousand words a day, triple your effort and write three thousand. If you write one blog article a week, start writing three.
Make It Clear.Saying I want to be a great writer someday isn’t going to get you anywhere. It's a vague, unclear goal with no spine.
What path do you want to follow? Do you want to go the fiction path or nonfiction path?
What genre do you want to write - romance or fantasy? How do you want to achieve it? By being a ghost writer or writing your novels?
You can make your writing goal clear by making it SMART.
Saying I want to self publish three christian fantasy novels this year is a much clearer goal than I want to be a great writer someday.
And its more achievable that way.
Let the Writing Goal be Within Your Power.You should be able to control a hundred percent of how your goal will turn out.
Check out these two goals:
- I'll become a well known author by winning the 2019 commonwealth essay contest.
- I'll sell two hundred thousand copies of my science fiction novel by signing a good deal with a big traditional publisher.
These goals are good. But they give the power of making your dreams come true to someone else. So, they're not great.
You can sign a book deal with a big traditional publisher and not sell up to fifty thousand copies of your book. You can win the contest and still not be a well known author.
Or worse, you might lose the contest and say that's the reason why you are not well-known.
How about, I'll increase my pageviews from three hundred to a thousand by marketing my blog posts on Twitter daily.
You're in charge of that goal. You control what happens in it.
Create a Writing Plan.Let's say you have a goal to write a novel and launch it on Christmas Eve this year.
You research and create a step-by-step plan on how to write, edit and market it.
Then you write two thousand words a day, during the weekdays. That's ten thousand words a week. In ten weeks, you would have written a hundred thousand words.
You spend another ten weeks editing it. When that's done, you get into pre-launch marketing. By Christmas Eve your launch will likely be successful because you have a broken down, workable plan.
Work Towards It.Planning without doing is for wanna-bes. Working towards your goals is one of the foundations for tremendous success.
Think about it.
Justin wants to be a Computer Engineer. All he does is hang out with his friends.
Do you think Computer Engineering knowledge will come begging him saying, “Please Justin. I'm the computer knowledge you've always wanted. Let me enter your brain”?
Justin’s got to practice coding. He's got to read the relevant books that will improve his skill set.
In the same way, your writing goals wont be achieved until you take action.
Start big if that's what motivates you.
Start with small tasks if that's what will begin the process. Then increase them inch by inch, until you're flying through each goal target and racing ahead to the finish line.
Let the Writing Goal be Measurable.What doesn't get measured, doesn't get done.
Unless your writing goal is something you can complete tomorrow, you've got to measure it daily or weekly to make sure you're on the right path.
Did you plan to write three thousand words daily? How many did you write yesterday? What's the total number of words you wrote last week?
Measuring what you've achieved lets you know how far you've gone and what steps to take next.
Be Accountable.When you’re accountable to someone for achieving your goals, it's easier not to give up.
Pick a friend that will motivate you. Or tell a family member. You can tell as many people as you want.
Just make sure you are accountable to someone. Because when you set outstanding goals, they might look big and intimidating.
Sometimes you might want to stop working on it. A word of encouragement from a person or two will motivate you to continue and complete it.
So, what writing goals have you set? You can pick something that will move your career forward and write it down today.
The earlier you start, the better.