Writing goals can be tricky, especially for a new writer who doesn’t know how long it takes for them to write a book. But goals are important and they’ll help you write even if you’re “not in the mood.” As soon as I start writing, 8 times out of 10, that drabby mood disappears and I’m in love with the words again.
What's a good goal?
A good goal is realistic and something that you can achieve each time you try. If you’re consistently failing at your goal, then change it.
Timed Goals vs Amount-of-Words Goals
Is one goal better than the other?
No. Each goal works, but for busy writers, a Timed Goal works best. This will allow you to fit hour(s) into your schedule without being bogged down by needing to hit a certain amount of words. So if you’re not on a time crunch, and you don’t have a deadline, then this goal seems to work well.
But if you’re on a deadline, hoping to finish your book by a specific day, then the Amount-of-Words Goal works better. If you know how many more words you need to write, then you’re more likely to reach your end goal faster by writing a specific number of words per day.
Tell me in the comments, what sort of goals do you set for yourself? Do you use a timer, or do you try to reach a certain number of words?
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