Getting started on Your Writing Goals

With the New Year, most writers begin by setting their goals for the year.

Have you set yours?

If NOT – go ahead and set something; IT WILL INSPIRE YOU – Writers are driven by DEADLINES.

Now that we’ve identified and refined your goal for writing. We have moved on to scheduling some time, and I’ve given you ways to find something to write about if you’re stuck.

But what about those of you who know what you want to write. You have a notebook of story ideas, or maybe you have an idea for a book, but just don’t how to get started.

Well, first of all, you need to write.

But, let’s talk about your writing area. How about setting up your desk/writing area for the NEW YEAR – CLEAR the Clutter!!

(I just did this – It was amazing. I wanted to sit down and write something almost immediately.

When you are in your writing place at the allotted time to write – you DO NOT WANT to see anything that may distract you.

Are there piles of filing you need to do? Or even bills to pay?

Deal with them and make sure you have a reasonably CLEAN place to work – free from distractions. An environment that gives you a sense of peace and purpose.

Now, I’ve read a ton of articles about the writing process. I find that I work well with my music playing in the background. It is the same formula I used in college – I always had music playing in my room while studying. The ‘white noise’ was cut out, and I was able to concentrate better.

Most (or some) people need a quiet environment, so you do not hear anything but the story and your characters moving around in your head.

Choose the environment that is best for you.

Use your tool of choice – sharpen that pencil, make sure your pen has enough ink – or fire up your computer and open a blank document. The time has come.

Use a daily prompt if you need a topic.

Write out what you want your short story to be about and identify your main character.

Do the same with your novel idea – if you have one.

All journeys start with the same thing. One step . . . You are on your way!

Until next time,

~Mustang Patty~

Published by Mustang Patty

I am finally a full-time author, who writes legal thrillers, how-to- books, short stories, flash fiction, a tiny bit of poetry, and Blog posts. My published works include 'Guilty until Proven Innocent,' 'Innocent for the Moment,' and 'Moment by Moment.' This is a trilogy called the Jill Adair Series. Additionally, I've written a collection of short stories about my dogs, Howie and Bernie - with a 2nd Collection coming in late 2021. I'm also coordinating an Anthology of Short Stories called, '2021 Indie Authors Short Story Anthology.' This book will be available on on August 1st of 2021. (The 2020 Indie Authors Short Story Anthology is currently available on - the collection includes 30 stories, written by 18 different Authors from three continents.) I am married to my wonderful hubby of over 37 years, and I have two grown children, named Heather and Gregory. I've been blessed with two beautiful grandbabies, Heather Rose and Logan Ernest.

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