7 Ways to Make Sure Your Writing Goals Are SMART Writing Goals

7 Ways to Make Sure Your Writing Goals Are SMART Writing Goals

7 Ways to Make Sure Your Writing Goals Are SMART Writing Goals When it comes to goal setting, writers are generally ambitious, especially at the beginning of a new year, but yet they skip an important step in defining their writing goals. This step is incredibly important for seeing our goals to the finish line because without a clear, defined plan for each goal, it’s going to be hard to achieve it in a timely manner, if at all. That’s why making sure your writing goals are SMART writing goals is so important. SMART goals are ones that are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and trackable. There are other synonyms associated with the acronym as well, but we’ll use these for this article. So, here are some ways writers can create SMART writing goals… 1. Choose the right goals. If you’re trying to accomplish something you really don’t care about, enthusiasm for the goal is going to run out. When deciding on your goals, be honest...
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What Kind of Writing Life Do You Want?

What Kind of Writing Life Do You Want?

What Kind of Writing Life Do You Want? A career in creative writing has a built-in perception that writers are starving. Most writers aren't writing for the money. They don't wake up one morning and say, "I want to make a ton of money writing." It's certainly not impossible to do, but we've been led to believe that starving writers are the norm. The same goes for artists of other arenas. Many of us got into writing because we felt compelled to share stories. Whether those stories are about our own lives and experiences or about characters and plots we've created, we are driven by a compulsion to share stories. Even if we're writing for the money, we're still writing because we feel compelled to do so. And it's not news to any writer that it takes a lot of hard work to achieve our dreams and goals. But before we get hung up on that idea, we need to remember that the same...
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How to Work Toward a Dream When You Don’t Have the Time

How to Work Toward a Dream When You Don’t Have the Time

How to Work Toward a Dream When You Don't Have the Time What’s wrong with devoting just 15 minutes a day to something we enjoy, to work toward a dream? There’s just something about a small time frame that turns us off. We think, oh, that’s not enough time and there’s no way we can achieve a goal if we’re only devoting 15 minutes to it. We tend to think that if we can’t spend more than an hour or two each day working toward a goal or on a passion, we’ll never be able to achieve the goal. We’ll never be able to do what we want. So, we push our dreams aside and settle for the simpler things. The things that come more easily to us. But if we’re willing to be truthful, we’ll admit that neglecting that area of our lives is preventing us from feeling fulfilled. Something is missing in our lives and we’re feeling the void. It doesn’t really matter...
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