Saturday, August 22, 2009

Writing Advice--Daily Goals

Writing tip

Don't get overwhelmed by the big picture. Writing an entire book is daunting.

Set a daily goal that is small enough not to overwhelm you. Today I'll write one page. Today I'll write this scene. Today I'll write this conversation. All these small steps will get you to your goal.

Do you set daily, weekly or monthly writing goals? If so, what works or doesn't work for you?

Cindi Myers


Lynn said...

I was writing 30 minutes. I knew I could commit to that first thing in the am before I left for work on most days. Now, I focus my goal on 500 words a day. I have a larger goal of 35K words by late next month which means some of these days need to be higher than 500 but if I can at least get 500 words I'm happy.

Anonymous said...

I'm not a writer but I do make goals for myself. Whether its to clean out a cabinet or closet or to finish a book I'm reading I try to stick to it. I always like to finish what I start.

Linda Henderson

Marin Thomas said...

Lynn & Linda

I'm a goal setter too. I write down what I want to accomplish writing-wise each day along with personal things I need to do and then cross them off as I go. If I don't finish one of the items it gets carried over to the next day.

I also write down personal goals and writing goals at the beginning of the New Year and then I take a peek at them in July and have myself a good laugh before revising the list for the second half of the year.


Kara Lennox said...

I used to set a page goal each day, but lately I've started using a kitchen timer--one you can start and stop. I let it run only when I am at the keyboard working.

Three hours a day.

I think Nora Roberts offered this tip at her "Chat with" session in D.C. this year. Works for me.