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  • Writer's pictureAyanna Lynnay

So You Want to Be a Writer?Here is Step 3 Set Realistic Goals



If you're reading this, chances are you've felt the stirring of stories within you, waiting to be told. Becoming an author isn't just about writing; it's about embarking on a journey of self-discovery and creativity. Here at ChosenButterfly Publishing, we want to help you become the author you desire to be so let's walk through step three of what you need to do to transform your dream into reality!


Set Realistic Goals

 

Writing a book is a marathon, not a sprint. Set achievable goals for yourself. It could be writing a certain number of words daily or dedicating specific hours to writing. Remember, consistency is key.

 


Going Deeper

 

Setting realistic goals is a vital step in your writing journey. It’s about understanding your capabilities, managing your time effectively, and creating a roadmap that leads to the completion of your book. Let's dive deeper into how to set achievable, motivating goals.

 

Understanding Your Writing Pace

 

1. Personal Writing Speed: Recognize how fast you can write while maintaining quality. Some authors can churn out thousands of words a day; others may produce a few hundred. Both are okay. Know your comfortable pace.

 

2. Quality over Quantity: It's tempting to set word count goals, but quality matters more than quantity. It’s better to write a well-crafted paragraph than a rushed chapter.

 

Creating a Writing Schedule

 

1. Regular Writing Time: Establish a regular writing schedule. Whether it's an hour each morning or a block of time on weekends, consistency is key. Treat this time as sacred and non-negotiable.

 

2. Flexible Yet Structured: While consistency is important, your schedule should also have some flexibility. Life happens, and it's okay to adjust your writing times as needed.

 

Setting Short-Term and Long-Term Goals

 

1. Short-Term Goals: These could be daily or weekly targets, like writing a certain number of words or completing a scene. They should be small enough to be achievable but significant enough to make progress.

 

2. Long-Term Goals: Set milestones for larger segments of your book – finishing a chapter, completing the first draft, revising a section. These give you something bigger to work towards.

 

Realistic Deadlines

 

1. Buffer Time: Always add extra time to your estimated deadlines to account for unexpected delays. Life can throw curveballs, and your writing shouldn't become a source of stress.

 

2. Revising Deadlines: If you find your deadlines are consistently unrealistic, revise them. It’s better to adjust your goals than to constantly feel like you’re falling short.

 

Measuring Progress

 

1. Track Your Writing: Keep a log of your writing – how much you write and when. This helps in understanding your writing habits and adjusting your goals accordingly.

 

2. Celebrate Milestones: Every time you reach a goal, celebrate. It keeps you motivated and acknowledges the effort you’ve put in.

 

Balancing Aspirations and Realities

 

1. Aspirational Goals: It’s good to have aspirational goals, but they should be balanced with what’s realistically achievable. Dream big, but plan realistically.

 

2. Adapting to Changes: Your goals may change as your book develops. Be open to reevaluating and changing your goals as needed.

 

Remember This:

Setting realistic goals in writing is about understanding your abilities, respecting your process, and creating a roadmap that is flexible yet guiding. By setting achievable goals, you build momentum, reduce stress, and make the writing journey enjoyable and fulfilling. Remember, writing a book is a marathon, not a sprint – pace yourself and enjoy the journey.


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