Unless you're writing for fun you should set writing goals to achieve any measure of success in writing. If you're just setting out writing, you goal may be to get published, whether in print or online.
If you have only occasional publishing credits to show, then your goal may be to get more works published. If you have published short stories and articles, then your target may be to publish a book or novel.
You want your efforts at writing to pay off and leave you with satisfaction.
You must, however, be careful when it comes to setting your goal. If you do it wrongly, it may sabotage and hinder your writing progress.
Here are a few guidelines to observe when setting your writing goals for future success.
Don't Compete With Others
You should not set your goal in such a way to compete with others. If someone you know has achieved more writing success than you, don't try to outdo the person just to prove a point.
Don't be jealous of the other person's success. Instead be inspired by the person and try to learn how the other person got where she is. What's the system? More often than not, you'll find that the person got whee she is through hard work and perseverance.
Are you also willing to go the same route, more often than not starting from scratch?
There are no shortcuts to writing success. Everyone has to pay his dues, usually in the form of time and effort. So, don't treat yourself as someone special and expect success overnight.
Even if you try to you're bound to meet with failure and give up writing altogether. So, direct competition is not an ingredient you want to include in your recipe for writing success.
Shortcuts to Writing Success
Good, old hard work seems to have gone out of fashion these days. A good number of people want success as quickly as possible. With such a huge market of such people out there, there is a proliferation of books and other learning materials catering to their desires.
Some books make unrealistic claims of being able to make you a successful writer in the shortest time possible. These claims help sell books. At best they are ear candy designed to give the uninitiated a feel good boost.
Most of these books avoid mentioning hard work and persistence. Simply because they can't teach these two things. They have to be acquired by the writer on his own.
A good book will remind you of the qualities needed to succeed as a writer and share the author's writing system.
Choose This Goal That Never Fails You
If you're to avoid competing with others and shortcuts to writing success, then what goal should you aim for?
Here's the one that always works. Write according to your capability and keep on with it. Allow yourself time to grow as a writer.
Unrealistic goals will only drive you to give up writing faster.
If your goal is not to give up on writing no matter what, then you're on the right track.
Aim to show up at the page every day, even if you have only a few minutes to spare.
Aim to try your best to improve every writing day.
Keep this goal close to your heart and you'll see light at the end of the tunnel in the near future.
"Today I must write a paragraph or a page better than I did yesterday." Earnest Gaines