Lewis Carroll’s book, Alice In Wonderland, perfectly illustrates the importance of goal setting during an exchange between Alice and the Cheshire Cat.
Alice asks, “Would you tell me please, which way I ought to go from here?”
The cat replies, “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.”
“I don’t much care where—“
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go, so long as you get somewhere.”
Getting somewhere may have been okay for Alice, but just getting somewhere isn’t enough of a goal if you’re serious about writing for publication. You will need concrete and specific goals for how you plan to get there. In an article by Heather Kreke called Setting S.M.A.R. T goals, she challenges writers to use the following strategy to help them achieve their writing goals:
- Specific: Know what you want. “I want to write” is too broad. Do you want to write a non-fiction book, a novel, a devotional, or an article? Do you want to write 300 or 30,000 words?
- Measurable: Set goals that will produce results you can see. Measure your progress in daily or weekly word counts, or as your number of submissions grows.
- Attainable: “I will write 10,000 words a day for a month,” is not likely attainable. Make your goals reasonable. When you accomplish them, you will feel the excitement. If you set the bar too high you may end up being discouraged.
- Realistic: Dreaming big is good. But when you set goals to obtain those dreams, keep a firm grasp on reality. Know your limits. Know when to ask for help.
- Timely: Set or accept only reasonable deadlines, given your other commitments. Too soon and you’ll be stressed. Too long and you’ll procrastinate.
Are you ready to accomplish your writing goals in 2019? Then make sure you’re being S.M.A.R.T.
Sharing the journey,
Responding to God’s call to write: If you haven’t already done so, take some time today to write down your S.M.A.R.T writing goals for 2019. What are some of the writing goals you plan to accomplish this year? Post them on my blog. I enjoy hearing from you.