One Writer’s Journey

April 15, 2013

Writing Goals

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calendarHow go your goals for 2013?

I’d love to say that I’m 100% on track, but it isn’t true.

I’m doing amazingly well with my word count goals.  I meet or exceed my goal (6000 words/week) most weeks, even weeks when everyone is at home.

Where I’m not doing as well is my dollar goal.  I have a goal to submit $1000/month.  That is a combination of both things requested by my various editors as well as slush pile submissions.  As of this moment, I’ve met my February goal.

Yep, that bad.

What exactly is my problem?  Queries don’t count.  It also doesn’t count when I pitch 20 craft and activity ideas to my editor.  It only counts when I submit the article itself.

I’m getting the queries out.  I’m pitching the ideas but one of my editors has put a freeze on freelance submissions.  That was a big hit on my total.

I’m teaching.  I haven’t been adding that into my total although I am earning income through my class.

I’m also working on more book length projects.  Astonishingly enough, it takes long to write a book, even a picture book, than it does to write an article.  I can put a lot of hours into a book project and it may boost my word count but it does nothing for the second goal.

That said, I do have 2 finished books and one series proposal ready to go out the door.  And I pulled some work (five devotionals) from an anthology.  The acquiring editor originally offered us a very low payment but when the publisher decided not to give him any advance at all, he told us that there would be no money.  Ummmm.  No.  I can’t pay the light bill with a warm fuzzy feeling so I’ll be selling first rights to someone else as soon as I find them.    I just need to find time to do it.

5 devotionals + 2 books + 1 series proposal.  I think I can . . . I think I can.



  1. I too find goals to be very motivating though, as a newbie, I haven’t been focusing on monetary goals. I try to submit something each week, be it a query, completed article or picture book. I’d love to say I did 50 submissions by the end of the year. If I don’t submit, I know nothing will get published.

    Comment by Kirsten Larson — April 15, 2013 @ 1:37 am | Reply

    • Kristen,
      When I was a new writer, I made goals very similar to yours. Send out 3 pieces/month. Your goals simply have to match where you are but you seem to already understand that.

      Comment by suebe — April 15, 2013 @ 2:17 am | Reply

      • I think for me, I’m still in the stage of needing to write a lot to get better at writing. Sending out lots of pieces/queries ensures I get lots of practice.

        Comment by Kirsten Larson — April 15, 2013 @ 1:40 pm

  2. You have some very high goals. Best wishes on accomplishing them.

    Comment by creativityorcrazy — April 15, 2013 @ 10:02 am | Reply

  3. I’m also a newbie and my goals are more oriented toward writing as much as I can, learning about the business as much as possible, and marketing myself as an author. I have been failing in my goal to write in large quantities and I read that having a writing buddy helps for accountability and motivation and I’m in the process is finding one. I feel that I still do not know exactly where my niche lies in writing: picture books, young adult, etc so I have been trying out different genres. I like your words/week goal and I might start a similar one, as words/day is a constant struggle since I do not write every single day but multiple times per week.

    Comment by Rachel Barnard — April 17, 2013 @ 6:45 pm | Reply

    • Rachel,
      Not everyone writes daily but for me it works. I’m glad to hear that you are trying out various kinds of writing. I’ve spoken to writers who knew without a doubt that they should write romances or picture books or whatever, until they tried something new. To their surprise, the new type of writing clicked and simply felt natural. This may not happen for you, it doesn’t for everyone, but continue to try new things out. Have you attended a writing event? That’s a great way to find a writing buddy. Or take part in an online community.

      Comment by suebe — April 17, 2013 @ 8:14 pm | Reply

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