Make small goals
‘I’m going to write 150,000 words this year!’ you cry on January 1st 2018.
Except the more you think about it, the more daunting it seems. ‘150,000 words, am I crazy? That’s two times the average length of a YA, there’s no way I’ll be able to get that done.’
Then you spend the rest of the year stressing about your goal, and how you suck because you can’t even write and then you spiral into an unbreakable writers block and retire from the craft forever.
Okay, so that’s a little over the top but you get my point, right? Large goals can seem daunting, and unbeatable. And when you don’t achieve your goal, it makes you feel miserable and guilty that you can’t even do this one thing.
I’ve learned the best thing to do is break your big goals up into smaller ones.
150,000 words? That’s 400 words per day. A task easily accomplished in 30 minutes (inspiration and motivation aside.)
It may not seem like much, and you may think you’re not making much progress, but give it time and you’ll see how far you’ve gone. Small goals takes the weight off your shoulders, and let’s you focus more easily.
Don’t think about the big picture, think about the first page.
Good thoughts and happy writing.