Writing Productivity: Daily Writing Goals

When it comes to writing, I have found that the best way to keep me on schedule is to have a daily writing goal. During NaNoWriMo, my writing goal was almost 1800 words/day. However, with a full time job, and other interests in my life, that pace isn’t sustainable or practical for me.  Here are a few things that I have figured out, at least for myself as an early writer.

  • Pick either a daily word count goal or a daily timed writing goal
    • Tip: word count goals work for drafting
    • Tip: time goals for revising
  • The goal should be reasonable:
    • High enough to give a sense of accomplishment
    • Not too high that it becomes unrealistic and easy to give up on
  • Hold yourself accountable
    • Write down the daily writing goal
    • Tip: keep the daily goal some place visible
  • Reevaluate the daily goal on a weekly or monthly basis
    • What will work one week/month, won’t be feasible the next

I hope these tips are helpful. For the most part, they work for me because I will hold myself accountable. A writing goal is especially helpful when I am not feeling particularly motivated (even if it’s significantly lower than I would like).

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One comment

  1. Anonymous · · Reply

    In order to accomplish a goal, you need to believe you achieved it. Like this old saying goes,the closes route to the mountain is the first step you take. Goal like, education or motivation is a lonely road. No one is going to help you but yourself. You need to stay on the path. If you need to write it down, go for it. main thing is don´t give up on it….

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