Setting Manageable Writing Goals

setting manageable writing goalsThis week I am starting another month of writing insanity, Camp NaNoWriMo. While my goal is only 10k words for the entire month, I know I won’t get anywhere without setting smaller goals for myself. I want to make that seemingly impossible task of writing that much while I’m trying to get ready for a craft show, running a creative writing group, and practicing for roller derby twice a week— that much more manageable.

You can set all the Writing goals you want, but if they aren’t manageable, you won’t reach them.

For example, during NaNoWrimo, the goal is to write a novel or 50k words within a month. That sounds bonkers, right?

Yes, yes it does. But when you break that down into smaller, daily goals. It seems much more doable. Looking at your daily goal of 1,667 words is a lot less stressful than looking at your 50k goal for the month.

So how do you set goals for yourself when you aren’t on a NaNoWriMo-type schedule?

This is what I struggle with after the insane rush of NaNoWriMo is over. It takes me about a week to get back to daily life, and then to get back to work on whatever project I was in the middle of when NaNo started.

By then my writing has slowed down to a trickle. I achieved my goal, so now what?

This week I will talk to my writing group about setting goals for themselves, be they daily, weekly, and then overall for the month. Many of them struggle to find time to fit writing into their daily lives– setting these smaller goals and showing them how achieving these small goals add up.

My April Camp NaNo Goal- 10,000 words.

How will I reach this goal?

  • 10,000 / 30 works out to about 334 words a day. Totally doable. (Small daily goal).
  • Ideally, I would like to finish one chapter per week using this schedule (Weekly goal).
  • In fact I would like to write about 500 words a day to make sure that my book gets finished during the month of April. (Monthly goal).

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Honestly, after Camp NaNoWriMo, having these goals aren’t that bad either. So after the craziness is over, hopefully I can keep the writing groove.

How do you set writing goals? What advice would you give my writing group about getting goals?

6 thoughts on “Setting Manageable Writing Goals

  1. ejsmith3130 says:

    This is a lesson I still am working on. I just dropped my goal from 60K (what I achieved in Nov, so I knew I could do it) to a more manageable 40K. I only work part time, but I have some other life circumstances that need to take priority, and it is important to remember that. Like you said, I could set whatever goal I wanted, but I know I will feel better about actually hitting my more manageable one 🙂 And it’s still a really high goal I should be proud of- and maybe I will blow it out of the water, who knows!

  2. Alex Hurst says:

    Good luck. 🙂 I swear I thought CampNaNo was in June, and April was for NaNoPoMo… but maybe they’ve changed the dates… definitely can’t participate then, haha.

  3. Kat says:

    I’m still figuring out a system that works for me. Right now I’m happy if I’m able to write something every day- even if it’s a draft that I don’t use in the future- just to be writing. I’m hoping to get more organized in the next 12 hours so I can participate in the A to Z challenge without freaking myself out. 🙂

  4. Keionda Hearts Books says:

    Thank you so much for writing this because UGH. I SUCK at time management! ;( I don’t know why it’s so hard. I even make myself a To do list everyday but fail to use it. So thanks for writing this girl!:) Really helps. 🙂

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