Goals: How They Can Help Your Writing, Part 1

I’m on Day 5 of my writing retreat, and I’m sad that my week off has come to an end. Never has a Friday made me so sad! But, it’s a good time to focus on the future.

Whether you want to write as a hobby or a career, it’s good to have goals. It can keep you from letting a project languish in a file on your computer unfinished, get you published, or just keep you happy with the work you’re putting out.

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When Can I Call Myself a Writer?

A couple of weekends ago was the Write on the Sound writer’s conference in the scenic Edmonds, WA. I’m always amazed how far people will travel for this little conference. It’s very affordable in a quaint and scenic location. My first year was last year, and I’m committed to going every year. It’s that good.

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Getting Unstuck in Writing

I was making steady and sure progress towards finishing my novel. Then, I stopped writing. For something like a week. Not a long time, mind you, but long when you’ve only got five more weeks to finish writing a novel.

I developed the habit that every morning I would write for 10 minutes.

About anything, except for my novel. Something to keep my mind fresh. I use Kicking In the Wall by Barbara Abercrombie if you’re interested. I do this by hand with a fountain pen, and it has sometimes yielded great results, and I write far longer than my 10 minutes. Sometimes I cheat and stop writing at 7 minutes and wait for the clock to run out. Either way, I highly recommend the practice of 10 minutes per day. Bonus points if you do longhand.

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Goals and Failures in the Writing Process

I’m a natural goal-setter. It’s how I get through life managing my time and nailing down a million dreams I have for myself and those I love. So, I piggy-backed on the goal-setting system of NaNoWriMo.

 I figured, if I could write 1,600 words per day, I could do 2,000. More on the weekends. I could commit to that. It wasn’t too lofty or far-fetched, right?

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