One of the things that I tell my student and clients is the importance of setting writing goals that work for your life as it is right now. Set yourself up for success. If you want to spend more time writing, think about what makes sense for you at this moment in your life. If you're writing very little or not at all, don't go nuts and set a goal to write three hours a day, six days a week. That's a huge jump in time and energy commitment.
I like to start small, but I also like to push myself a little past what I think I can do. Starting small allows me to make progress and feel good about it. Pushing myself a wee bit past my comfort zone helps me to figure out if I have more in me than I thought I did. Sometimes I find out that I do, and I can take it up a notch. Sometimes I find out that I need to back off a bit and work my way up to my goal (be it a word count or number of hours spent writing ).
What are your writing goals? How can you set yourself up for success to meet them?
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