One Writer’s Journey

June 6, 2012

Goal Setting

Filed under: Uncategorized — suebe @ 1:28 am
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My bulletin board for scheduling my weekly goals is still working well although I do need to reevaluate how much I can expect to accomplish on a weekly basis right now.

The problem isn’t so much that my son is off school — he’s very good at letting me work.  The problem is that he’s on swim team.  Can you say “daily practice” and “weekly swim meets”?

Not that I’m giving up on my writing.  I just need to get a realistic idea about what I can accomplish.

My word count for last week was something over 9000 words.

But I no longer consider only word count in meeting my goals.  I also have to get a certain dollar amount in submission each month.  Yes, yes.  I have to love what I do.  But I also have to pay the electricity bill.

Some people may function best with one clear cut goal whether it is words written, submissions out or time spent writing.  I seem to work best with these dual goals.

The word count goal keeps me writing — even when school is out.  The dollar goal means that I get a certain amount of work submitted each month.  I’m not just writing things that never cross an editor’s desk.  I have to submit it for it to count toward this last goal.

For some people, this would be too complicated.  For me, at least for now, it is functioning well.

What kinds of goals do you set?





  1. I usually don’t set a lot of goals. My main one is to finish what I started no matter how I get there. I do try to set up some though. Blog at certain times – novel at others.

    Comment by atothewr — June 6, 2012 @ 8:41 am | Reply

  2. My main writing goals for now are to write some everyday and try to blog at least twice a week on both my blogs. My goals are a work in progress as I’m learning more about me as a writer and what works for me.

    Comment by creativityorcrazy — June 8, 2012 @ 5:02 pm | Reply

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