Writing Projects: Aim High, Be Reasonable

When you look at the  whole, many writing projects, such as a dissertation or a book, may seem overwhelming.  You cannot simply say, “Today I am going to write a book or dissertation.”

Your writing project has to be more manageable – what you need is a strategy to get the job done. You have to set some goals.

Reasonable Goals

When setting goals, you should make them specific, attainable, and measurable. Have a timeline or due date to complete them. Setting goals enable you to engage in short and long-term planning. The goals allow you to hold yourself accountable by providing performance standards.

As a writer, you can adopt achievable goals: Break down the big writing goals into small writing projects to measure your progress. Remember, you need to start with specific and reasonable goals.

Specific Goals

When writing your overall goal and the result of your long-term goals, your specific goals need to be focused and attainable. Break this enormous task into separate subtasks.
Now you have a starting point to begin writing.

Next, change your specific goal into a quantifiable goal. Decide how you will know when you have met your goal. A conventional method to measure writing production is by the number of pages generated. It’s a way to help you to measure your progress.

Achievable Goals

Now, let us look at attainable goals. An achievable goal forces you to be realistic about how you can achieve any goal.

Setting achievable goals ensures that you have laid the groundwork for your writing tasks. You also need to think about relevance.

Relevant Goals

Relevant goals keep you attentive and helps you stay on track. Ask yourself if what you are writing will further your goal. If not, put it aside and return to your specific aim.

If your specific, measurable goal is to write five pages on a particular topic, remain focused on this connection.

Create Momentum

Goals are time bound. In other words, you need to have deadlines for completing each specific task. This should be part of your long-term plan. Once you have completed a goal, you can move onto the next one with a sense of achievement.

You have to maintain momentum because of each goal time bound. You will finish your writing project on time if each goal is reasonable, specific, achievable, and relevant.

Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words.
~~~Mark Twain~~~

Best wishes,

Dr. Patti.


Author: Dr. Patricia Mason

Co-Founder Beautiful You * Social Entrepreneur * DBA * Positive Thinker * Nature Lover * Poet * Advisory Board Member * Relay Committee * Certified Reiki 1 & 2 Practitioner

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