Setting Writing Goals?

Are setting goals important or a distraction? 

Many writers approach their writing in many different ways. Some plan whilst others wing it. Others set goals when others wait to see what happens.

Setting goals is important for me. I lack focus when I don’t have something to work toward, like a deadline. I don’t have the discipline to not set goals.

I find them important.

That’s not to say I am not always good at keeping my deadlines but setting out with good intentions at least makes it feel as though I am drifting along with no destination.

I am the same with my reading. I need to have an idea ahead of time of which books I am going to be reading otherwise I get out of the habit of picking up a book.

I have set writing goals for 2014. I want to have completed a first draft of my book. I want to have written a couple of short stories.

Do you set regular writing goals? Do you think goals are important? Have you set any goals for 2014?

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I’m Laura. I started Novel Kicks in 2009. I wanted a place to post my writing as well as give other writers like me the opportunity to do the same. There is also a monthly book club, a writing room which features writing prompts, book reviews, competitions, author interviews and guest posts.

I grew up by the sea (my favourite place in the world) and I currently live in Hampshire. I am married to Chris, have a cat named Buddy and I would love to be a writer. I’m trying to write the novel I’ve talked so much about writing if only I could stop pressing delete. I’ve loved writing since creative writing classes in primary school. I have always wanted to see my teacher Miss Sayers again and thank her for the encouragement. When not trying to write the novel or writing snippets of stories on anything I can get my hands on, I love reading, dancing like a loon and singing to myself very badly. My current obsession is Once Upon a Time and I would be happy to live with magic in the enchanted forest surrounded by all those wonderful stories provided that world also included Harry Potter. I love reading chick lit. contemporary fiction and novels with mystery.

2 Responses to Setting Writing Goals?

  • Laura says:

    You’re right and I am gradually finding my own way of working too. It’s very easy when you start out to try and copy how someone else does things. It was with me anyway.

  • I think every writer works differently and what suits one does not necessarily suit another. I do have a beginning and an end and a general idea of what happens in between. I type up a list of scene titles as they come into my head using them as a guide as I set out on the journey. However, writing for me is a very organic experience and I have no pre-conceived ideas of exactly how each scene will work. Some things translate well from thought to paper, some don’t so I try to keep an open mind. Am currently working on my sixth novel and my original thoughts on this particular story have had many overhauls since I first began to write it. I tend to try and finish a scene by the end of each day of writing, which leaves me time to throw new ideas around in my head so I’m ready to go the next day.

    So as far as I’m concerned there are no rules – the most important thing is that at the end of the day the way you work suits you and you achieve your goal – a completed manuscript.

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