Setting Writing Goals

Tis the season of resolutions…Why not set some that are specifically geared to your writing?

Welcome Back Creative Writer,

The break is at an end and the new semester is in full swing. Our next meeting will be in one week! At this time I’m hoping to get the opportunity to discuss setting writing goals.

Typically, my writing goals tend to be related to the actual act of writing, ie word counts, hours and days devoted to writing, pages written etc. And yes, these are noble goals in their own right and they foster a healthy relationship with the practice of writing.

But last year we took a step toward more content driven writing goals. Choosing to step outside of genres and styles of writing to which we were accustom in order to grow our skills.

I’d like to continue such practices in the new year.

Here are some writing prompts I’ve been toying with:

1) Write a character that you and your reader hate, make they as loathsome as possible and then attempt to redeem them.

2) Write from a point of view you don’t normally choose. 3rd person? 1st person?

3) Write less strictly. Write nonsense. Create a plot that isn’t clever and has no point. Stream of consciousness? Write for the sound of the language more than the meaning of the words.

So these I offer to you. Goals that are less tangible and more content driven. See what you can come up with. I’d love to read it.


2 thoughts on “Setting Writing Goals

  1. Yes! Goals like “write every day” and “x words per day” sound snazzy but can be so daunting for a writer like me. A less quantitative goal such as “figure out what Scene 23 means for Character B” or “spend some time with Character E” is so much less intimidating. My brain starts working before I have a chance to realize I’ve given myself an assignment. And now it’s playing with one of my irredeemable characters. Thanks for the prompts! 🙂

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    1. I’m the same way. If I set those word count goals I get major guilt when I’m unable to complete them and that leads to more moments of failure to complete them and then lack of motivation to do so. It really helps to light a fire when i’m just thinking about the story and the characters and imagining what should happen and why. Then somehow, i’m able to meet or exceed those word count, hours writing goals. Go Figure.

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