Visualizing your writing goals for this year sounds like it may not be terribly helpful, but it can help make the difference between hitting your goals and just thinking about them. While it is true that writing is something that you have to do every day to get better at, you also must have some direction when you write. While free writing is a great way to get thoughts out of your head and onto the paper or screen, it isn’t helpful in the long run if you have specific goal that you need to meet, such as finishing a book or mastering your blog.
Your writing goal can be as simple or as complex as you’d like it to be. You can have a goal such as writing one hour each day, or you might have a goal to write 1,000 words per day. Another great goal would be to finish your novel or finally publish your eBook for your intended audience. You have to work up to these big goals, but keep in mind that the goal isn’t as important as your approach to the goal. Most people can’t write for an hour a day without a lot of practice, so set a time table for yourself that makes sense. If you’ve already assembled the tools that you’ll need in order to write the way that you’d like, then visualizing your writing goals brings you one step closer to achieving them.
Whatever your goal is, think about how it will make you feel when you achieve it. Really think about where you will be and what other things you have accomplished around the same time as that writing goal. Fill in as many details as possible to make it real. Then write it all down. Review the goal periodically. It can be once a month or one a week. Keep that goal in mind ever time you sit down to write. Imagining your success will help you create it.
What writing goals do you have for 2017? How long do you think it will take to achieve them?