What methods can I employ to reach my writing goals?

~ Anonymous, Timmins ON

Goal setting is a powerful process for thinking about your ideal future, and for motivating yourself to turn your vision of this future into reality. When creating a goal, I like to use the S.M.A.R.T method, which is a great way to ensure that your goal is Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-bound. Once you’ve set your S.M.A.R.T goal, you can chop it into doable chunks. To write a book of 10,000 words, for instance, you may start with writing 1,000 words per week. After 10 weeks, you have a first draft and you can start editing.

Stephen Guise wrote his book “Mini-Habits” by setting himself a target of writing just 50 words a day. He argues that writing 50 words a day may sound like a low target, but that he could even do it when he was busy, felt tired, or had a thumping headache.

On a good day, Guise often found himself writing way more than 50 words—perhaps 1,000 or 2,000. But his target remained at 50 words. So, even on a bad day, he’d still write.