3 ways to accomplish your writing goals (that have been hiding in plain sight)

You want to be a published author, with your novel out there making the rounds among your many readers, but you’re not sure if you’re on the right track—or even what you should be doing, and when.

Writing a book is not a walk in the park, but it doesn’t have to be hard either, let alone overwhelming. Usually, having a time frame in mind and imposing deadlines on yourself is enough to help you make solid progress on your novel.

Here are three ways you can make short work of your writing goals:

1. Have you thought of, um, setting one? I know it sounds silly, but some writers haven’t set any goals for themselves. The romantic notion of “I’ll just write whenever I have a moment, with a glass of wine in one hand and my laptop in the other” works up to a point, but if you want to see any real progress, it helps to set clear, definable goals. Try working backwards from the date you’d like to be finished, and set micro-goals along the way that will help you get there.

2. Commit to a month. Set up a routine that works with your schedule, and stick to it. If the only time you’ll have any peace and quiet to write is early in the morning before the kids get up, commit to doing that for a month and see how it goes. After a month, take a look back at all the progress you’ve made! It also helps to work in the same place every day—that way your brain will start to associate a certain location with writing, whether that’s the wooden desk in your home office or the table next to the window at the coffee shop. If you’re serious about writing a book and publishing it, treat writing like it’s your job, and show up to work every day!

3. Sign up for a challenge. I know just the one: in March, I’ll be hosting the 10K Word Count Writing Challenge, which you can sign up for here. It’s a great opportunity to not only make some serious progress on your novel (10,000 words), and even get some feedback on what you’re writing so that your finished book will wow the world. Read more about it

Have you tried any of these, or found something else that works well? We’d love to hear it. Comment below and enlighten us!

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