Many of us qualify our goals. Some examples:
- To be a better writer.
- To be a successful, self-supporting writer.
- To be a good writer who produces interesting and worthwhile books.
- To write five short essays on parenting.
- To spend two hours a day doing something with writing.
- To put down my parenting ideas on paper.
Our goals are useless when we can’t decide if we’ve actually met the goal. Isn’t it always possible to become a better writer as we grow in our writer’s life? We must then quantify our goals ---goals that have measurable forms of output or results.
Some examples of clear and measurable goals might be:
- To write three pages a day for six months.
- To compose and send out two queries per week.
- To write five parenting articles in the next two months.
- To spend two hours each day, four days a week, experimenting with writing fiction, non-fiction, poetry or essays.
- To create a writer’s notebook for a minimum of six months, exploring ideas on parenting and other topics, and to use the ideas to create at least six polished pieces.
- To be self-supporting within 18 months by earning $3000 per month.
Our writing goals should reflect our own values and decisions about our lifestyle, and not the judgments, expectations, or recommendations of others around us. Each goal must be based solely on our abilities, efforts, and desires, not the wishes of well-intentioned family and friends.
Our challenge now is to list some measurable writing goals. Remember you can also list measurable life goals.
In my write mind,