Writing Goals: Why They’re Important

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Actually, I’d like to say first that I don’t like to use the term “writing goals.” I much prefer “writerly goals.” To me, writing goals sounds like you are making goals pertaining only to writing, such as a daily word count or a goal to write for a certain amount of time each day. Those and other goals like them are great, don’t get me wrong, but I like the phrase writerly goals better. It encompasses all things pertaining to a writer’s life, not just the actual writing. Once you have written something, it needs edits, rewrites, beta readers, a book over, a marketing plan, and the list goes on and on.

So, from now on, I shall call my goals writerly goals. That’s just my personal preference. Of course, you are free to call yours whatever you like!

And why are writerly goals important? For me, they give me a blueprint for the month. I’m the type who easily forgets things. If I don’t make a note of it, there’s a good chance I’ll forget it. And I like to have things in writing so I can go back and look at it when I need to. Plus, making a list and crossing things off it is immensely satisfying. There are few things I love more!

Basically, I need to be kept on a path and making goals and writing them down helps me stay on that path. Do I always accomplish every single goal? No, of course not. Life happens and something doesn’t get done. Or as the month goes on, I find that I can eliminate a goal altogether or that it can (or should) be done another time. As important as goals are for me to stay on track, I’ve learned that it’s also necessary to be flexible!

Since a new month is upon us, I have made writerly goals for August. It’s been a while since I’ve made monthly goals. The last few months have been spent getting A Sky Full Of Stars ready for publication, and then actually publishing it. That is all behind me now, and once again, I need goals to help keep my head straight about what needs doing! So, here are my August writerly goals:

  1. Write and publish the final short story for A Sky Full Of Stars. I have written and published two other short stories that tie into my book. The first two take place before the book begins, and the final one will take place after it ends. My plan (a goal for another month!) is to bundle the short stories and the book together and sell it as an ebook bundle.
  2.  Start edits on The 12 Dates Of Christmas. That’s right! I’ve finished the first draft of my second book and the first round of edits awaits. Right now, I’m letting it “marinate” for a few weeks so that when I come back to it, it will be with fresh eyes. Notice I said start edits, not finish them! That is also for another month!
  3.  Schedule book promotions for A Sky Full Of Stars. I’ve sold a small number of copies but of course, I want to sell more. I’m going to research and utilize book promotions to (hopefully) help with book sales.
  4.  Start thinking about and planning book marketing for The 12 Dates Of Christmas. I just want to get a jump start on this! There’s so much to think about – the cover reveal, presale date, release date, which marketing tools to try. Truthfully, my eyes glaze over when I think of book marketing. I’m still trying to figure it all out! To say that book marketing is overwhelming is an understatement. At least it is for me! I feel like Alice down the rabbit hole, and by giving myself plenty of time, I’m hoping book marketing will feel less daunting. And if I’m being honest with myself, I didn’t think about marketing soon enough with A Sky Full Of Stars, which is why I haven’t sold many copies. I’m trying to not repeat my mistake! If you’re reading this and have any solid book marketing tips, please feel free to send them my way!
  5.  Put together the August edition of my author newsletter and send out on the 15th. Putting together my newsletter is fun so I’m looking forward to doing this one! I do have some cool tidbits to include! And by the way, if you’d like to subscribe to my newsletter, click the link below.

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That’s it! I try to keep my monthly goals to no more than five each month. Any more than that and I start to feel overwhelmed and like I might be setting myself up for failure by trying to do too much. Plus, five is my favorite number. It has nothing to do with anything, but there ya go!

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