How to set and achieve writing goals
Setting writing goals is really important if you’re short of time and want to commit to your writing. Here are some tips!
- Set realistic goals!
Don’t be too ambitious otherwise you might lose your motivation and give up. If you feel that you can easily manage 15 minutes a day, start with that and if you find it too easy or you can easily handle more, slowly bring the time up.
- Routine is key
Set a time and a place to write every single day. After a while, it becomes routine and you don’t even have to think about when you need to find time to write anymore.
- Enjoy it
If you aren’t enjoying writing, something is definitely wrong. If it’s the story, reread it and if necessary, scrap it and try again. If it’s not the story, it’s probably your mood, so take a break for today and try again tomorrow. If you aren’t enjoying writing, you aren’t going to want to keep doing it.
- Don’t try and edit whilst you’re still on your first draft
I accidentally do this a lot and try to edit as I write. Try not to do this because it slows you down and you can change things in future drafts. Just focus on getting your story down.
- Manage your time
If you have 10 minutes free, don’t just gaze out of the window! Get your computer or notebook out and keep writing! All of the time is valuable and you will never get it finished if you don’t put in the effort. So keep going with it and work hard!
I hope you found these tips useful and they helped you with setting and achieving your writing goals!