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Thoughts on Establishing Writing GOALS

It is proven individuals with goals are significantly more successful than those without.

Think of your writing career as writing a book. Do your characters wander around a story doing nothing? Nope. Your characters have purpose, a story goal. If a character’s goal is to be the president of the US, she will have to do some things, have a plan, take steps to reach that goal. What happens in a book is plot. What happens in your life is planning. As authors, we want to write the best book possible, be published, have bestselling books so we take steps and make plans in order to be successful. Ding, ding, ding. GOAL.

What’s your plan to reach the goal of writing that great bestselling book? This is important. It’s said that the main reason primary goals fail is because there are no secondary goals made. By this, I mean if your primary goal is to write a book your secondary goal could be to put your butt in the chair and write so many words every day. You may say, “well, duh, of course.” But, you will be amazed at how many people do not make secondary goals. To me this is same as saying you want to go to Paris and standing on the curb in front of your house expecting a private jet to land and take you there. To reach your primary goal and keep you on track develop daily, weekly, monthly, yearly goals. Be realistic. Be honest. Don’t say you’re gonna write 5000 words a day when you know you barely have time to write 500. Remember life can and does reach out and head smack you.

Decide what it will take for YOU to reach your goals. Warning. Do not fall into the trap of comparing yourself to others. Unless those ‘others’ are living a mirror life to yours, forget what they are doing. You are unique.  

Reaching your goals may very possibly mean change. You may find you need to give up something. How many times have you said you don’t have time to write? Examine how you use your time. Perhaps cutting down time spent cruising the Internet or, hours watching TV.

Knowing your motivation for writing and being published helps when establishing your goals. What we want and why can define goals. Do you write for fame? Fortune? To be labeled a successful author? Because you’d die if you don’t write?

If it is fame and fortune take a step back and define what fame, fortune and successful author means to you.  Is your motivation to see your print book on the end display at a brick and mortar store?

Goal. Research editors and publishing houses.  

Motivation. You want to prove to all the naysayers who said you couldn’t write a book that you can and did.

Goal. Save money to rent a billboard and take full-page newspaper ads to say nanny-nanny-boo-boo to all of them.

Motivation. You promised your dear great-auntie you would write and publish the family history and self-publishing is the way you’re going.

Goal. Find a good editor. Learn about e-reader formatting and research cover artists.

What I’m saying is, different motivation requires different goals. Motivation keeps our eyes on the goal.

No sugar coating here, writing is hard and staying focused and motivated is extremely important.

What are my secondary goals? They maybe are a bit different. They are health oriented. See, when I’m aching, paining and having pity parties for myself I don’t write. So, secondary goals are:

Drink more —water that is. I have vision problems. When I don’t drink enough water my eyes hurt. Eyes hurting means less computer time. And plenty of water helps my joints.

Exercise 15 minutes a day. Getting up to get more water and going to the bathroom because I’m drinking more water doesn’t count.

Sticking to eating what is right for me. No carbs. Right now I am on an ‘almost’ Keto regime. I feel so much better. More energy and less joint pain leads to a positive outlook and for me, more writing.   

What Secondary Goals will help you reach your Primary Goals?

 

Rita writes suspense, thrillers and short stories and loves every second of the process. 

Winter Writing Festival: Check-in #5

We’re on the other side of halfway now, and I’m still feeling the inspirational, high-energy vibes I was feeling back in the first week. Thank you all for keeping me motivated to meet my daily, weekly, and festival goals. I hope you’re continuing to find the support and enthusiasm you need to meet your goals, too!

How did you do this past week? Good or bad, remember to share your progress below for some cheers and commiseration. If you need a boost, don’t forget to check out the chat room for sprints. I always find those motivational! And if you put “I MADE MY GOALS” at the top of your comment, you’re entered for a chance to win one of these fabulous prizes to keep you sprinting toward that finish line:

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Success by the Numbers

At RWA Nationals in San Antonio, I attended a panel of hybrid authors.  The discussion centered around their reasons for choosing traditional versus indie publishing. One author, who identified herself as strictly self-publishing now, stated that indie authors are the ones who are making the right business decision. There is more money to be made on indie books. In her opinion, those who publish through traditional channels are doing so for “emotional” reasons. She thinks that’s fine, as long as traditional authors acknowledge that’s what they’re doing.

I disagree with her basic assumption. A good business decision can be about more than money.  Authors need to find new ways to measure success.

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Ah, January… We get a new month, a new year, and all those mistakes writing the old year in dates until we finally retrain our brains.

We also have the chance to look back at the old year and figure out what we want to keep doing—or to change—in the new one.

Looking back is always fun. Good or bad, it’s all behind you. Even though 2012 didn’t go the way I expected, it was joyful all the same. I wrote and published four shorter fantasy romances to augment the two full-length novels I have out. I changed cover art several times, nearly tore my hair out over all of it, and finally created cover looks that I truly like. (Though I’m not ruling out changing them again in the future. That’s the beauty of going indie!)

      

I’m glossing over a lot of…stuff, ahem…that happened this year, but I survived it all just fine and things are looking up. Even though my writing to-do list could wrap the equator.

Time is a funny thing. I always think I’ll get more done than I end up managing. Last year I wanted to do 1000 new words six days a week, but that goal whimpered and died shortly thereafter. At first I was frustrated with myself, but looking back, it’s hard to self-flagellate about being a slow writer when I see the four new stories I have out. And after all, what is life but a learning experience? So I’m taking a good look at 2013 and figuring out what I want to have done by this time next year.

Within the next few months I’ll have two audiobooks out based on my novels, and probably additional ones from my four shorter stories. I’m proofing the full-length audiobooks right now. (A tip for those of you planning audiobooks, whether trad- or indie-published: proofing takes a lot of time. Plan ahead!).

I have a new novel in progress, too. Okay, technically the danged thing has been in progress for eleven years. In my head I’ve even named it The Novel That Refused To Be Written. Its real title is The Soul of Magic, and chronologically it fits between my two other novels. (Yeah, not the greatest game plan. It’s much easier to write sequentially from the beginning of a series. Unfortunately, I don’t have a time machine to warn the Me of 2007 about that!) The plot and personalities in this WIP have shifted so many times that I should put a mood ring on the cover. But I’m determined to complete it and publish it in 2013—preferably the first half. I plan to work on it during the Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood’s Winter Writing Festival.

That will leave the second half of 2013 for something new, either a novel or novella. I have three candidates in mind and I’m excited about all of them.

I look forward to the next New Year’s Eve and seeing what I accomplished during 2013. I’m betting I’ll have a smile on my face as I look back—and that’ll be the best part of all.

So here we are with a fresh year ahead. What are your writing goals for 2013? Share your dreams and plans!

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