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Goals, Goals, & More Goals

May 15, 2006

Guest Writer I’d like to extend a warm welcome to Andrea, one of Write Stuff’s guest writers. If you would like to read more of Andrea’s work, please visit her blog at Southern Expressions. To learn more about Andrea, please click here.


What is one of the best motivation tactics?

Goal-setting (Like the title didn’t give that away).  Setting goals builds your self-confidence and helps you grow as an individual.  It doesn’t matter if you are a freelancer or a novelist.  We all need a little direction, including me. 

At the beginning of this month, I decided to start setting monthly goals for myself. They are all short-term since I’m a short story writer.  I’m too much of an undecisive person to make any long-term ones.  So far, I’ve achieved one of them.  I’m in the goal-oriented club.  You want to join?

You’ll be thrilled to know it’s not hard.  No initiations or hazing are involved upon being a member.  All you have to do is keep a few tips in mind when setting your goals. 

Write them down: Mine are listed in their own section on my blog.  Whether you have them listed on a blog/website or pinned on the wall, visualizing your goals helps you achieve them.  Although, it’s best to place them where you frequent the most.  Since I have a weekly posting schedule at my blog, I felt that was the best place for my goals to be listed.

Make them Short & Sweet: Make your goals short and attainable.  However, don’t be afraid to challenge yourself every once and a while.  It never hurts.  Here are mine for this month:

  • Finish Reading On Writing by Stephen King
  • Complete at least two short stories
  • Edit at least three short stories
  • Enter at least one contest
  • Submit at least two short stories

Seems like a lot, huh?  I think I may have challenged myself this month but most of them are pretty attainable.

Set Them Up: I’ve always worked better when I have a deadline.  Granted it’s harder for me make them if no one is pushing me, but I’m starting to learn how to push myself.  Making deadlines keeps you on track.  Don’t worry they can be flexible.  Life likes to throw curve balls.  You can’t schedule everything.

Staying on track and keeping your goals front and forward in your mind will help you increase your stack of writing credits. 

  1. May 15, 2006 8:53 am

    That is the first thing I noticed about your blog, Andrea – your goals. You’ve inspired me to start setting my own (I’ll start posting them in June).

    I think writing our goals down, and seeing them in black and white, is the first step toward achieving them. My problem is, I have so many ideas, so many starts and not enough finishes that I forget what I’ve been working on. Writing them down will help me keep them straight in my head, and on paper.

    Thanks for the reminder!

  2. May 15, 2006 9:36 am

    I love doing this. I’ve been a fellow goal setter for a while now. I’m a member of a writer’s board and we all set goals each month, and see how we did at the end. I’m still working on making my goals attainable and sticking to them. Last month was a failure, but this month I’ve faired a lot better.

  3. May 17, 2006 10:57 am

    I wish I could say that I do this. I tend to be disorganized especailly when it comes to creative projects. I usually wait for a wave of inspriation but it doesn’t always come at a good time.

    Setting goals may be a truer inspiration than a muse.

  4. becky permalink
    July 6, 2008 1:38 pm

    Hi and thank you so much for creating this blog. I am always wanting to learn new ways to enhance my life in every way possible.

    I hear there is a new movie called The Compass that has teachers from The Secret and The Opus. I don’t know why, I just have a good feeling about this one.

    I found it at

    Does anyone know anything. I looks pretty cool. Cannot wait!

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