Write Down Your Writing Goals for Writing Success

by E.V. Jacob on May 3, 2012

Or any success, really, but I just wanted to see how many times I could get the word “write” into the title :D

So anyways. You’ve decided you want to be a writer – we’ve already gone over why this is one of the best jobs ever, and now you’re raring to go. But before you dive right in (or after, it really doesn’t matter, so if you’ve started already, don’t stress), you should take the time to sit down with a notebook or a blank piece of paper and write down your goals.

I know you’ve probably heard this a thousand times, but this really is a great practice. Writing down your goals has numerous benefits. I’ll only cover a few here, but really the list goes on and on…

It makes you spell out your goal – That vague idea you have of what you want? Can’t be so vague when you have to write it out. It can be tricky, but don’t let writer’s block get to you – just jot something down. Start randomly writing in that general direction and you’ll eventually get something worthwhile on the paper. Read it over, and if you don’t like it, just re-write. Do this till you’re happy with what you have, and voila~ you’ve now got yourself a clearly-defined set of goals…which is much easier to follow than a vague, floaty one.

You’re signing a contract with yourself – When you put pen to paper and actually spell out what you want to do, you’re kind of bonding yourself to it. Words on a page have a lot more substance, power, and weight than words bouncing around inside your head. It’s one thing to have a general idea of what you want floating around…it’s an entirely different matter to have a veritable mission statement staring you in the face. Heck, sign it if it’ll make you feel more committed to it. (Signing in blood is optional and not recommended.)

Now you don’t have to remember it all the time – Not that your goal is something you’ll forget, but the exact parameters, and when you want to meet each deadline, is put on paper so you can quickly reference it instead of always trying to recall when exactly you wanted to get your first client, or launch your blog (or build your own Rube Goldberg breakfast making-machine. You know, whatever).

This frees you up to think about what comes next – Now you get to elaborate, make specifications, make alterations, or just take what you have and run with it. Set some deadlines and go for it :D

Once you’ve written it down (possibly a whole bunch of times), put it somewhere you’ll see it every day. If you live with people who will mock you for having “outlandish” goals hanging on the wall, then put it in a notebook or binder that you know you’ll open every day. Or make it your phone’s wallpaper, or the desktop background of your computer. It really doesn’t matter how you go about doing it, just make sure that you’ll read it every single day, preferably just before you set to work.

And remember this: It doesn’t matter where you start, or what you’re doing, it just matters that you start somewhere and take action regularly. If you just write ten words a day then I’m happy and you should be ,too. It’s a start, and it’s a lot farther than many people get, so quit reading this and go write something :D

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