Set concrete goals with a time line. Don't have some undetermined date set to achieve the goal.
The goals should be layered. Think of mini goals. You should have small goals and in increasing difficulty on the way to achieving your main goal. Let's look at an example.
General Fiction Story Concept (Jan 3, 2010)
Main character's basic description (Date)
Story Outline/Table of Contents with chapter description (Date)
First Draft of Novel Completed (Date)
Write the goals down and post them where they will confront you
They should be daily, weekly & monthly schedule.
They need to have a step by step process.
Post the goals where they will confront you.
Keep a daily accounting; a log.
Evaluate your progress & your plan. Is it TOO difficult, not challenging enough, etc? Check it's pulse at least once a month to determine if it still fits. Be open to changing it.
Get a Goal Buddy. Find someone like minded. Call or email each other to share successes, failures, concerns, etc. Have a set day to exchange goal achievement & attempt to succeed.
Make your goals dependent on you. Make sure most, if not all, are dependent only on you.Here are some examples.
Write 2,000 words a day.
Submit 3 manuscripts a month to publisher/agents.
Read 4 books a month in the genre you're writing and in that age group.
Make 3 or more blog posts per week.
Get a minimum of 3 interviews by local media per month (Have few goals that require someone else to react.)
This element is often forgotten or not considered. What can you give yourself?
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