Whether it’s completing a writing project, making regular submissions, getting published, or mastering the ukulele, setting goals is an important part of achieving success. Having goals helps you stay on track and move forward, and a good balance of daily writing goals and big-picture goals offers the very best odds of success as a writer—or as a ukulelist. While we can’t help with refining your ukulele skills, the experts at Writer’s Relief can help you recognize the difference between daily writing goals and big-picture goals in order to choose the right combination of both to reach your writing objectives.
Choosing Daily Writing Goals Vs. Big-Picture Goals
Examples Of Daily Writing Goals
Writing One Sentence A Day: Daily writing goals should be something you can achieve within a limited, defined time frame. You may have hours available for writing, or you might be juggling writing, a full-time job, family obligations, and other responsibilities. If your daily schedule is tight, try writing one sentence a day to keep your creative muscles flexed.
Daily Proofreading: Whether you proofread a paragraph or a few pages, setting a daily goal to proofread your work can prevent the task from piling up. By tackling some proofreading each day, you’ll avoid rushing later to meet a deadline—and missing typos or grammar mistakes in your writing submissions.
Word Count Targets: Set a realistic word count goal that you feel you can meet each day, whether it’s 50, 500, or 1,500 words. Meeting a daily word count goal will keep your projects moving forward and your creative muse engaged.
Examples Of Big-Picture Goals When Writing
Writing A Chapter A Week: There’s an old saying: How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. Rather than trying to accomplish a daunting, big project all at once, do it one small step at a time.
Your big-picture goal might be “write a book,” but you’ll want to break that down into manageable pieces. Start by setting attainable goals like writing a chapter a week or 10,000 words a month. As you meet these smaller, big-picture targets, you’ll be building toward your overall goal of writing an entire book.
Completing Your Project: Writing, editing, proofreading, and rewriting your short story, poem, or book manuscript can result in a never-ending loop and an unfinished project. Set a date to have your work finalized and ready for submission.
Researching Markets: Whether you’re submitting a short story, poetry, or a novel, you will need to block off many hours of time to find appropriate markets. You’ll need to focus on pinpointing the right places to send your work—and research and eliminate all the places you shouldn’t submit your writing. Our research experts know it can take 100 submissions for well-written, professionally targeted work to find an acceptance, and that depends on a lot of time spent on research. You may want to set aside a weekend or two that you can dedicate exclusively to researching markets.
Getting Published: Once you have selected the best markets, it’s time to send out your submissions. If you want to boost your odds of getting published, it’s important to make submissions on a regular, set schedule—not in a scattershot, once-in-a-blue-moon pattern.
Keep in mind that the publishing industry is very competitive. Every writer gets rejections. And each rejection brings you one step closer to your goal of getting published (remember the industry average of 1 acceptance for every 100 submissions!). Continue to submit work and recover from the rejection blues with these helpful tips.
Setting daily and big picture goals will help you stay focused and writing. The experts at Writer’s Relief can help you meet some of your long-term, big picture goals! Our clients enjoy the benefits of expert research and consistent submission deadlines to keep them on track and increase their chances of getting published. If you’d like to learn more about how Writer’s Relief can help you meet your publishing goals, submit your writing samples to our Review Board today!
Question: What are your daily and big picture writing goals?