Setting goals needs to dig down into the details. The most important thing is to be SPECIFIC. Instead of saying, “Next year, I will write my novel,” try to break the goal into steps, and the details.
Only by being specific, will your goal be effective. When you break writing a novel down into pieces, you can check off your accomplishments and move on to the next steps.
When writing, a specific goal could answer questions like:
- What kind of book/short story are you writing?
- What steps will you take? Break the goal down into small steps.
- Create your Protagonist
- Create your Antagonist
- Will there be supporting characters?
- What is your setting?
- Create a setting that is as realistic as possible
- (And so on)
When you think about these things, you are on your way to setting a measurable and realistic goal. When you start to set your time table, make sure you are setting dates that are attainable.
My next blog entry will discuss the importance of setting Measurable goals.