Setting Goals – Make 2017 a year of achievements

Here we are again. The start of the year and time to set our writing (and other) goals . I find that setting yearly goals and monthly targets is a great way to ensure that I get things done. I can’t vouch for the quality of the work, but projects are completed

Where to start:

Some of you may have noticed that I have set up a resources page: Resources for Writers. During the year I will be adding various spreadsheets, check lists, links and information sheets, to help people like me with their writing journey (yes this is one of my goals). You will find a writers-goals-template on this page.

Things to consider when setting your goals:

What would you like to achieve this year in terms of:

  • earning money from writing
  • professional development (what courses, training, conferences and events would you like to attend)
  • entering work in competitions
  • submitting pieces to journals
  • self publishing
  • expanding social media/author profile
  • securing an agent
  • securing a traditional publishing contract (aim big)

Review you list of current projects, files and ideas and think about what you would like to do in 2017.

  • What needs to be written/drafted?
  • Which projects require a structural/format edit?
  • Which projects require a external review (i.e. with a professional editor)?
  • Which projects are ready to be pitched (to an agent or publisher) and require synopsis/blurbs/cover letters etc?
  • Which projects need to be submitted ( to where/whom and by when)?
  • What needs to be done to improve your author/social media profile?
  • Do you need to market a published product or prepare a marketing plan for a new one?

What commitments do you have in other areas of your life.

  • Work out how many hours you have for writing work each week (and then each day).
    • When are you free to write?
    • How much time do you need to commit to other income earning ventures?
    • Are you travelling? How long will you be away for on each occassion?
    • Are you responsible for the care of others? Factor in time to take care of your responsibilities.
  • What other goals do you have for the year? Include everything from financial, health and fitness, educational goals (etc)

What next?

  • Consider what you can realistically achieve in a year.
  • Then break this down into what you would like to achieve every quarter.
  • The break it down into a set of monthly targets.
  • Prepare a goals document.
  • Review the document at the start of every month and prepare a daily to-do list.
  • Review you progress with your to-do list at the end of each day
  • Review your goals list at the end of each month.


Good luck with your goal setting!



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