Julie's Quest

Hello, and welcome to my blog. My blog is about the trials and tribulations of writing, where we celebrate successes and commiserate our near misses. We tell it like it is here and will do our very best to help you on the road to being published and pick you up after the rejections (they will come!) Whether you are a professional or amateur writer you will find something useful here.

I hope you enjoy reading my posts and will visit again soon.

Happy Writing

Julie Phillips - freelance writer - member of the Association of Freelance Writers - member of the Society of Authors

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Goals!

What are your goals for your writing today? What do you hope to achieve in a week. a month, a year? Everyone likes to dream and think about where they would like to be with their writing, but not many actually sit down and plan a schedule of how they are going to achieve it.

I believe that in order to be successful with your writing you have to have some kind of game plan. It doesn't have to be rigid or formal, just a few jottings of what you want to achieve on a daily, weekly, monthly and yearly basis will be enough to steer you in the right direction and ensure you stay on track.

It has to be:

Flexible: because life has a habit of getting in the way.

Realistic: there's no point rushing things and over burdening yourself because you just won't achieve anything then and your motivational levels will be low.

Practical: there's no point putting yourself down for a writing session when you know you have to do something else that takes priority - yes, sometimes there are things more important than your writing! Your writing has to fit around your life, not the other way round, no matter how much we wish it would!

Engaging: it has to inspire and motivate you to want to write - not bore you to death.

Show progress: allow some space on your goal setting chart for showing your progress and achievements. This will spur you on as well as letting you see how far you have come and what you need to do to achieve your goals.

Be a reward: Don't let your writing life be all work and no play. When you achieve something, do something else you enjoy or buy yourself something. It will bolster you and motivate you further.

Have a look at where you are with your writing now and set a small goal for tomorrow and when you've achieved that, set yourself another goal for the next day and then, when you're happy and ready, have a go at charting some goals for a week. Slow steps are better than the occasional run at it.

Happy goal setting and achieving.

Oh yes, and if you don't achieve something - don't despair. Give yourself more time and you'll get there. It takes great discipline and determination to be a writer so be prepared to be firm with yourself!

Julie xx

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