Just like anything else, I have to ask you: do you have a plan?
Yeah, like a writing plan or a writing map? Do you know where you want to be a week from now or even a month?
What is going to help you track your goals as you write so you don’t get distracted?
Just like owning a business, you need to have writing goals that will help you review and revise as you go along, and ultimately, be a success. These goals are important because they outline the road map and the yellow brick road that you will be taking.
You wouldn’t take a road trip without first knowing where you’re going, now would you?
So where do you begin in your writing goals? I’ll show you two different ways and then you can pick which one will work best for you.
Many business owners will work this way. They will start with an end goal in mind and then work backwards that will help them achieve that big goal by breaking it down into small achievable goals.
Let’s say your big goal is to have written 25,200 words in 90 days. So in 60 days, you’ll need to have written 16,800 words. In 30 days, 8,400 words.
Weekly, it’s 1,974 words. Daily, 280 words.
After the 90 days, you could adjust and make the word count higher if you feel that you easily accomplished this goal. You work your daily goals base off your end goal.
Another way to work your writing goal is to write with a daily quota in mind and then mapping it out that way.
Say you decide that you are committed to writing 500 words a day. That means that in a week, you’ll have written 3,500 words. In 30 days, 15,000, 60 days, 30,000 and 90 days, you’ll have written 45,000 words.
It’s the same, but you don’t exactly have an end goal in mind. In this case, you work your daily goals to meet your end goal.
Keep on Track.
How are you supposed to keep track of where you’re going with your book writing?
Just like you did with setting time to write, you’ll set up a time in your calendar to evaluate where you’re at with your goals. You can do this every two weeks or once a month to see if you’re staying on track.
If you’re not, then readjust and identify what is keeping you from working on your book and try to either eliminate the problem or find a different space, time or place to write.
Don’t forget to celebrate!
Finally, don’t forget to celebrate your accomplishments! Once you made it to your 30 day goal, have a mini celebration! Your big goal should have a BIG celebration because YOU’RE worth celebrating!
Writing should be fun, so make it fun by placing celebratory dates in place for you when you achieve your goal.
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