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Goal Setting For Writers

Copyright Scott Wahlen, 2007
Copyright Scott Wahlen, 2007

by Catherine L. Tully

Do you set goals? I do. As a matter-of-fact, I had two goals for this year. Want to know what they are? Here you go:

  1. To get Freelance-Zone a spot on the Writer’s Digest “101 Best Websites for Writers” list
  2. To make more money than I did last year

I have met both of those goals. Joe and I celebrated our inclusion in the 101 best sites and were thrilled that we made it. In addition to that, it’s July and I have already made more money this year than I did all of last year. My point? I don’t think I would have worked quite as hard if I hadn’t set these goals ahead of time.

For me, the key is to only pick a few choice goals and work hard toward achieving them. Some people like to do a whole list and are happy with just meeting a few. Whatever works. Everyone is different, but I would argue that just taking the step of making a concrete goal for yourself (or two, or ten) sets you right on the road to achieving it.

Don’t wait for January 1st. Start working toward something right now. See what you can accomplish!

Your Favorite Spot

Everyone is a little different. We each gravitate toward our own “favorite spots” in terms of where we like to read and work. Writers tend to be a very particular bunch in terms of surroundings and setup. For me–I can work just about anywhere; but when I read, I like to be curled up on the couch with a blanket and a beverage. Reading outdoors is another pleasure, but one I tend to do mostly on vacation.

Writer’s Digest published an article I enjoyed immensely about the workspace of different writers. It showed a picture of their desk and described their setup. It was fun to peek inside the lives of other people who do what I do and see both the similarities and the differences.

The inspiration behind this post is that I am about to set up a new workspace for myself soon, and I’m putting a little bit of thought into how I want it to look. It got me thinking about my favorite places and my preferred arrangement. I’m not sure I have it down yet, but I’m getting there….

How’s your workspace? Is it in need of an update? Or perhaps you have a great tip you’d like to share with others? As for me, perhaps once I get all settled in, I’ll share a pic of my new digs…

Photo: Copyright 2008 Catherine L. Tully

Writer’s Digest 101 Best Sites

If you haven’t seen this yet, make a point to stop and look. Each year, Writer’s Digest puts out their 101 Best Sites for writers and it is a goldmine–whether you are just getting started or have been in the game a while. It has a variety of categories, such as agent blogs, general resources, jobs and writing communities. Every time it comes out I find something new and interesting to add to my favorites.

And if you like this blog–follow the directions Joe posted on the left here and give us a vote–we’d appreciate it greatly! (How’s that for a plug?!)