With new years past and January upon us, it’s popular to make one or more resolutions, and if you’re anything like me, it only takes about a month and a half to start breaking them. This year my resolution was no resolutions. Instead, I’ll be replacing resolutions with small, attainable goals. Goals for the day, and goals for the week. Some of those will be books written per month, some will be words written per day.
That’s where Write All Year is going to come in handy.
When you are able to create attainable goals and reach them, it is an incredible motivation to continue. During something like Nanowrimo, it’s easy to create obtainable goals and see them fulfilled as you log your daily word count, and pitting yourself against yourself, or other writers during words sprints, can make things exciting.
Instead of pie-in-the-sky goals that you have limited control over, make daily word count goals, and pat yourself on the back when you achieve them. Then you not only obtain a short-term goal like “write one thousand words today” but you also work towards achieving other, bigger goals, such as “finish my novel by the end of March”.
And while your fellow writers can’t help with resolutions like “get in shape this year” they can certainly keep you accountable for your word count, especially if they have similar goals. Things like hashtags on twitter can help you check in, or give you the satisfaction of bragging a little bit (remember, reward yourself) and make you feel more determined to push towards your daily goal.
So if you’re like me, and you’re not sure about the whole “resolution” thing, try trading in your resolutions for small, attainable goals, something that works towards a larger goal in the end. Reward yourself when you reach those goals, and don’t beat yourself up if you swing and miss occasionally.
Oh, and don’t forget to have an awesome 2015.
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