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How to Set (and Achieve) Writing Goals

Setting your writing goals is the single most important aspect of the book writing process. It's the first part (and potentially only part) of a book's completion and overall success. Writing too little or getting lost in distractions and daily grinds is an unfortunate tendency for many writers, but creating an irresistibly doable list of writing goals is achievable with a pinch of patience and an extra dose of work ethic. So what are the tricks to creating writing goals? Here are five tips for setting writing goals.

#1 Set Your Timeline

Many of us writers go into the writing process with a very ambiguous deadline of completing goals — sometime next year is a popular answer. Decide the exact day and year you want to finish your book. Then divide the time until then into three parts - researching, writing and editing. This will help you form the short-term and long-term goals in the meantime so you can meet you deadline your deadlines without exception or excuses.

#2 Set Daily, Weekly and Monthly Goals

Make monthly milestone goals and finish them — perhaps you want to write two chapters or 50 pages a month. Then open your calendar and decide which days you'll write and for how long. Decide how much you want to achieve monthly and set your daily and weekly goals accordingly. Breaking down the writing process puts that magnitude of it into perspective, and helps writers manage their time to achieve the long-term goal one day at a time.

#3 Inform Your Social Circles and Family of What You're Doing

Avoid hurt feelings from the beginning by explaining to your family and friends the creative magnitude of your undertaking. Now that you have your timeline complete, you can see where there is room for social gatherings and deliver the reality to your loved ones ASAP. This way their feelings won't get hurt and you won't have to wrestle with the temptation of going out during writing time or the guilt of saying no.

#4 Set "Breaks" Once Per Month

Every writer needs time to reset their minds and refuel on creative energy — it's critically important to keeping the vibrancy of your writing alive. Set aside a few days every month to escape to somewhere (or do something) that inspires you; this should be completely guilt-free relaxation and soul-searching. There is only one rule to this time: no writing.

#5 Pick Your Writing Setting, and Achieve

It's important to pick a writing place where you can dedicate most of your time without losing creative fire. This is a good opportunity to create the office of your dreams or find a cafe that won't mind you essentially living there. This setting will be your writing nest, so it best be a place you can't get enough of. Discover your creative space and fall in love with it, so you'll have no excuse to bail until your magnum opus is completed to perfection.

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