Writing Goals

One of the most important things I’ve learned is that it’s difficult to move forward when you don’t have a goal.

I set a goal, months back, that I would finish this second draft of Topaas by the end of the year. Though I was well on my way to doing just that, I realized that I was missing something crucial to the plot and that pulled me back to square one.

Since then I’ve set smaller goals and changes in plot don’t have to cause issues for me.

SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-bound) goal setting concept presented on blackboard with colorful crumpled sticky notes and white chalk handwriting
SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-bound) goal setting concept presented on blackboard with colorful crumpled sticky notes and white chalk handwriting

To have a goal, it needs to be SMART, an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, & Time-bound.

The problem with my goal of finishing the draft by the end of the year was that while it was Specific, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound, it was not Measurable.

How could I measure if I was getting close?

I couldn’t.

My most recent goal is to complete a scene a week. It follows all of the requirements for a SMART goal and the timing for each completion is very clear.

What are some of your SMART goals?

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