As I said before in my last post in this series, writers need to focus on micro-goals. The problem with many aspiring writers is threefold:
- They focus on the wrong goals and get frustrated and quit only to pick it up later to do the same thing all over again. It’s a vicious and insane cycle.
- They don’t have the discipline to write like they should (this is another issue entirely that I will post about at a later date).
- They set goals that are unrealistic and out of reach with the same results as the first faux pas.
I want to focus on this last one because it will cause a lot of headache and I want to make life easier for my fellow scribes. I will write on each of these points later.
Setting realistic goals is more important than we realize. If we set realistic goals, the likelihood goes up that we’ll constantly be in a state of enthusiasm about our writing. George Orwell is quoted as saying about the process of writing:
“Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.”
The only universal rule for all writers concerning this particularly is that you write. The old adage is still the same: writers write. Writing daily I would say is a must (wrote a post on this already).
When you set realistic, micro-goals, your enthusiasm is constantly being fueled. Something is always being accomplished and this is a boost for you mentally and emotionally. You must be focused only on accomplishing the micro-goal, no the macro-goal, which I explained in my last post. It may be slow going depending on how much you write or how often, but staying the course is more important than the goals themselves. Without discipline, goals are useless. I’ll save that for my next post.
Now, go write.
5 thoughts on “Setting Realistic Goals”
Love the Orwell quote. It’s funny because it’s true 🙂
I agree with it to an extent. It most definitely can be an excruciating endeavor. But I’ve found that focusing on the small picture makes it so much more bearable. I believe part of our toil through writing is brought on by ourselves. We are too anxious to get it done. But the fact of the matter is, when it’s done, it’s done. Not a day sooner. So may as well enjoy the ride while we do it. :o)
Rather than applying the term, “realistic” to the goal itself, I prefer, “possible.”
The timeframe is what must be realistic.
Good post. Writing every day is very important, even if you are limited to only a short time each day. It is our commitment to our craft.
That’s true Frank but it must be realistic within that timeframe. Specifically, I’m speaking of micro-goals in this post. It’s not realistic to want to write half of my novel in a day. It’s not gonna happen. The goal must be realistic within the timeframe which defines the category of goal it is. You can’t put a mini-goal in a micro-goal context.