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Writing Goals: One Word To Help You To Achieve Your Dreams

Writing Goals: One Word To Help You To Achieve Your Dreams

Do you want to write a book, but hesitate? You need writing goals, and they revolve around a single word.

Several weeks ago a writer contacted me who confided: “I’ve tried to write. But after I write a couple of chapters of a book, I give up. Please don’t ask me to set set writing goals. Clearly they don’t work for me.”

Perhaps you’re like this writer. You start more books than you finish. You feel that writing goals don’t work for you.

Here’s a secret. You need to set two kinds of goals.

Writing goals: set process goals, as well as achievement goals

You need both process goals as well as achievement goals.

Process goals involve what you do, daily, or weekly.

Achievement goals (sometimes termed “outcome” goals) are what you hope to achieve via your process goals.

An example: you want to write a bestselling book.

Your process goal: I will write every day.

Achievement goal: I will write a bestselling book by January 1, 2021.

Process goals are under your control. If you set a goal to write every day, you either do (succeed), or you don’t (fail.)

Unfortunately, achievement goals usually aren’t under your control. You set achievement goals, realizing that events may derail you. Then you’ll rely on process goals to get you back on track.

The one word that will help you to achieve your writing goals

So, what’s the single word that helps you to achieve your writing goals? Here it is: write. You might add to that: without expectation.

Consider that writing is writing. It’s not:

  • Doing research;
  • Worrying about your plot;
  • Joining writers’ groups to talk about writing;
  • Going to writers’ conferences…

Only writing is writing, and you can’t achieve your writing goals without it. “Thinking” won’t help either, unless you write down your thoughts.

Overthinking: the biggest pitfall standing between you and your writing goals

All my writing students over-think writing. I do too. That’s why I keep my DDT acronym (Do, Don’t Think) on sticky notes where I can see them.

Write. Here’s why. From Beginning Writer: 2 Strategies To Remove All Your Roadblocks:

Writing is thinking. Ideas won’t come to you in words. They come as insights, impulses, or compulsions. Often they’ll arrive as images (if you’re writing fiction.)

Write down the words which arise from those insights and images.

Then hey presto — you’re thinking. And writing:-)

Achieve your dreams: start writing

You can’t achieve your writing goals without writing. Try to get into the habit of thinking with a pen in your hand, or at the keyboard. You’ll discover that when you do, you become more confident, and your concerns about writing fade away.

Please don’t equate “writing” only with working on a current project.

I love this Flannery O’Connor quote:

“I write because I don’t know what I think until I read what I say.”

Writing helps you to solve your problems and make decisions. So write your thoughts. Questions? Write them down. Consider your goals, and write about them. Keep a journal or a bullet journal.

Write.

Write Your Bestseller: Write HOT Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Word for word, mystery authors earn more than authors of most other genres, including romance.

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Planning And Writing A Hot-Selling Series: Selling Writer Strategies, Book 7

Planning And Writing A Hot-Selling Series: Selling Writer Strategies, Book 7

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When you write in series, you're giving yourself more chances to sell with every novel you write.

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Blurbs Sell Your Books: Craft Irresistible Blurbs, And Sell More Fiction And Nonfiction Today

Blurbs Sell Your Books: Craft Irresistible Blurbs, And Sell More Fiction And Nonfiction Today

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Fiction Writing Classes For Authors: Attract Loyal Readers

Fiction Writing Classes For Authors: Attract Loyal Readers

Over the past year, I’ve had more questions like “How do I sell more?” and “Why isn’t my book selling?” from authors than ever. We don’t write our books in a vacuum, and publishing is changing.

A recent survey from The Authors Guild, based on responses from 5,067 authors, suggests that authors’ incomes have dropped substantially since 2009. The Guild rails against Amazon as the cause of this disaster.

While falling incomes may be true for those 5,067 authors, and many others, I agree with PG guy, who says:

PG suggests that “Amazon is causing the sky to fall on the book business” is erroneous. If the traditional book business is to be saved… Amazon will do the saving. A book business that sells an electronic version of its principal product for $3.00-7.00 has a better future than one which appears to prefer selling a physical copy of its principal product for $28.00.

Here’s why I agree with PG guy.

A thousand authors earned over $100,000 on Amazon in 2017

From Jeff Bezos’s letter to Amazon’s shareholders:

More than 140,000 SMBs surpassed $100,000 in sales on Amazon in 2017, and over a thousand independent authors surpassed $100,000 in royalties in 2017 through Kindle Direct Publishing.

That was in 2017. No doubt we’ll learn about Amazon’s 2018 figures when they’re released.

Call me Pollyanna if you like, but I believe that those 2018 figures will show that more savvy authors are earning more on Amazon and elsewhere than ever.

Why? One reason. The marketplace for books is expanding, not shrinking.

More readers, all over the globe

I’m not much interested in Hollywood movies, but I am interested entertainment. Hollywood goes where the market is, and for movies, that market is China. Small businesses are targeting the (huge) Chinese market too.

China and India are huge marketplaces, with readers, and as long as readers read, authors can sell their books.

That said, authors need to be savvy, and focus both on developing wonderful titles, and on attracting a readership.

I’ve made it one of my 2019 goals to help authors to do both. To that end we’re running classes for authors, and the first two classes are available now.

Two classes for authors are available now

Want to write better novels? Fix Your Fiction — Or Save It: Edit Your Novel, Or Rescue Novels Gone Wrong will help you to develop your novels’ potential.

It’s no secret that series sell, and our second class, Win Readers: Plan And Write A Bestselling Series Of Novels helps authors to plan and write wonderful series.

It’s my fondest hope that our classes for authors will help more authors, both new and established, to build their readership in 2019.

Join us — we’ll have a lot of fun.

Blurbs Sell Your Books: Craft Irresistible Blurbs, And Sell More Fiction And Nonfiction Today

Blurbs Sell Your Books: Craft Irresistible Blurbs, And Sell More Fiction And Nonfiction Today

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Nonfiction Ebooks Goldmine: Write and Sell Nonfiction Ebooks In 24 Hours Or Less

Nonfiction Ebooks Goldmine: Write and Sell Nonfiction Ebooks In 24 Hours Or Less

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You're a writer. You need to make money from your words. What if you could create AND sell a nonfiction book in just a day?

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3 Fun Ways To Use The 2-Minute Rule To Write A Book

3 Fun Ways To Use The 2-Minute Rule To Write A Book

Writers — you gotta love them. Procrastination is without a doubt, the biggest hangup they face. “I’m writing a book,” a writer tells me. The writing and publishing plan I created for him lands in his Inbox…

Then… crickets. A week later, I contact him, and he hasn’t even read the plan, much less started on the book. Procrastination strikes again.

The 2-minute rule can help you to write a book

If you haven’t heard of the two-minute rule, it’s a technique popularized by productivity guru, David Allen. Basically, if some thing takes less than two minutes, you do it right away. You can use the rule on long tasks on which you procrastinate too — you give yourself two minutes to get started on the task. That two minutes breaks your inertia, and you’re likely to keep doing the task.

From How to Stop Procrastinating by Using the “2-Minute Rule”:

The 2–Minute Rule works for big goals as well as small goals because of the inertia of life. Once you start doing something, it’s easier to continue doing it. I love the 2–Minute Rule because it embraces the idea that all sorts of good things happen once you get started.

Let’s look at how you can use the two-minute rule when you’re writing a book.

1. Create a main character in your book in two minutes

I like Penny’s character-questioning process for fiction authors:

Here’s an important tip: your character interview gives you your character’s back story. You’ll discover who your character is, and what his greatest fear is. Your story (novel, novella, or short story) starts after the incidents which he tells you.

Think of a character (use Penny’s adjective and noun), then ask the question — hey presto, you’ve created a character.

2. No time? Maybe, but you’ve got two minutes

You’ve been meaning to work on your book, but over the past week, you haven’t even had time to open the computer file.

Give yourself two minutes to open the computer file, right now, and write a couple of sentences. They don’t need to be wonderful sentences. Don’t read what you’ve written, just write the sentences.

This simple strategy usually ensures that you carve a few minutes out of the busiest days to write a page of your book.

3. Two minute to a deadline: when you really, positively need to finish your book

Your book is due in a couple of weeks. You’re only at the 50% point. There’s no chance you’ll make your deadline, so you procrastinate. You haven’t written a word in days, and are frantic about your deadline.

I know the feeling. 🙂 You feel overwhelmed.

Open your book’s computer file, and spend two minutes with it. You can write sentences, or read a few pages, it doesn’t matter.

This simple tactic might be enough to overcome your procrastination. If it isn’t, open the file two more times today, and spend two minutes with it each time.

Chances are that you’ve conquered the feeling of overwhelm, and your procrastination, and you get to work on completing your book.

Can you think of ways YOU might use the two-minute rule to write a book?

My friend Penny uses the two-minute rule to research her historical fiction: “If I Google, something, and can’t find it in two minutes, I’ll put a large XXX in the manuscript. I’ll deal with it in rewrites.”

I use the two-minute rule to rough out an upcoming scene in my novel on an index card. Just who’s in the scene, what they want, and the purpose of the scene. Although I don’t force it, I write the first and last sentences of the scene too, if they occur to me.

Try the two-minute rule if you’re a procrastinator. 🙂

Step By Step To Fiction Which Sells: Plotting And Scene Magic

Step By Step To Fiction Which Sells: Plotting And Scene Magic

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More Heart To Heart: Write Hot-Selling Romance Fiction

More Heart To Heart: Write Hot-Selling Romance Fiction

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I adore writing romance fiction, and now you can write romance too.

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