Today, I want to talk about writing goals.
Do you have them?
Do you LIVE by them?
Or, do you prefer to write when you feel inspired (by your muse or otherwise)?
Writers deal with extreme guilt complexes (me included, and many others from what I've seen). Writers set lofty goals, normally in the form of daily goals, and then, if the goal isn't reached, the writers hang their head in shame, falling down a spiral where even more writing doesn't happen.
Or maybe that's just me.
But even though writing goals may cause me excess stress, I still stand by them. If I didn't set goals for myself, I wouldn't get anything done.
Personally, I like "it'll be done by this date" goals more than daily goals necessarily. It's easy for people to get overwhelmed, so I think it's better to have a finish line in sight rather than to solely worry about what you need done each day.
I know, that sounds kind of silly, because daily writing goals would seem to only help you in reaching timed goals, but to me, I can write furiously for a day (1000s of words), and then I could write nothing the next day. And I want that to be okay, and it is if I give myself a "done by" date. It's about the end goal and how good that feels, and not about thinking of how many words you have left.
Here's some links if you want goals set for you (and you provide the amazing words):
Nanowrimo (writing a book in a month during November...Great forums)
Camp Nanowrimo (A Nanowrimo for the summer time, which is on write now)
Fast-Drafting (doing your novel in 2 weeks)
Milwordy (a million words in one year)
What do you do for writing goals? What's your reasoning behind the goals you set or why you don't set them at all? Let me know below!
Now for a song to write by, "Bulletproof" by Evan's Blue, because you need to be bulletproof for kick-arse writing goals…Yep, that's what I'm going with to play this song I like.