You’ve probably heard this acronym before: SMART. When applied to your book goals, the letters represent the characteristics of goals you will actually reach. They are specific, measurable, actionable, realistic and timely.
The more specific your goals are, the better. Whenever possible, answer the questions who, what, when, where, why, and how when defining your goals. Here are some examples of general writing goals made specific:
- Write every day. Specific: I’m going to write for 15 minutes every day.
- Write a chapter each week. Specific: I’m going to complete one chapter of at least 3,000 words every week for ten straight weeks.
- Spend the weekend writing my book. Specific: I’m going to get away for the weekend and write 5,000 words in my book each day for three days.
Now take some time to be specific with your writing goals. What are some specifics you can add to your current goals? [Read more…]