Your Writer Goals
A blog reader wrote, “Can you recommend any helpful sites or books aimed specifically at aiding debut writers in assessing publishing goals? Between writers groups and web advice, I’m completely losing sight of what I truly want for my work. Maybe I’m searching for a magic wand – but the aimless wandering is driving me mad.”
I agree this publishing world is very noisy, what with all those crazy bloggers spouting advice everyday (who, me?) and the social networks filled with every stripe of writer imaginable talking about their books.
And amidst all this, it can be easy to lose sight of what you’re doing this for. Maybe when you started, you were just compelled to write, but along the way those amorphous “publishing dreams” began to take hold of you.
I can’t point you to any goal-setting help specifically for writers. I think it’s important to re-assess what you’re doing and why you’re doing it every now and then, looking at the environment and asking if your goals are doable, and determine if you’re still headed in the direction you want.
As far as goal-setting, traditional business wisdom says that goals should fit the “SMART” guidelines. They should be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely. Does that fit with a writing path? I imagine it could.
How do you figure out what your writing goals should be?
And what are three of YOUR specific writing goals?