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
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)
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