As a writer (and perfectionist) I often have high expectations of what I should be able to get done in a week, month, or year. I overwhelm myself with what I want to accomplish but never seem quite able to hit the mark. I often fall short of my goals. I fail to have a successful writing year.
Sometimes, it is because I’ve expected too much of myself. But just as often, it is because of poor planning and organization. I set myself up for failure by failing to set myself up for success. This year, I still have some lofty goals, but I have the tools necessary to achieve the goals.
3 Ways to Make 2018 Your Most Successful Writing Year
Set Goals and Make Plans
My goals are specific and realistic. They are achievable and they have deadlines. They are also motivating. I am excited to work on my goals. And my goals are written down, because a goal that isn’t written is just a wish.
Not only have I set goals, but I’ve also made plans to accomplish my goals. Each goal has a plan with specific steps to follow. Things I will and will not do. A plan helps me achieve my goals because it shows me exactly how I’m going to achieve it. It shows me what I need to do first, and second, and third, every step of the way. Goals and plans help me have a successful writing year.
Keep Yourself Motivated
Although I pick goals that I am excited to work towards, motivation can run dry. It can be hard to work on something without being able to see the end result. As much as any writer loves what they do and loves their WIP, I doubt there are many (if any) writers who don’t occasionally suffer from lack of motivation. When I am motivated to write, I am more likely to have a successful writing year.
The best way to keep motivated is to take a break or have a list of ways to keep motivated. Sometimes a 10 minute break doing something that relaxes and rejuvenates you is what you need to get back to writing. Or maybe you need to switch gears and instead of fleshing out a weak scene you need to get to know a character better. Keep the task at hand exciting, but keep it relevant to your end goal.
If you really feel a lack of motivation, you may need to overcome writer’s block.
Be sure to save this post to Pinterest in case you ever find your motivation waning.
Take it One Day at a Time
When I really start to feel overwhelmed, it’s usually because I’m looking at my goal as if I have to do it all at once. Like I have to finish everything that day. But I don’t. I can turn my yearly goal and plan into smaller weekly, daily, or even hourly goals and plans.
When I focus only on what has to be done immediately everything seems more manageable. I’m less likely to feel as if I’ve bitten off more than I can chew.
What are your writing goals for the year and how are you going to achieve them? Which tip was most helpful to you?