Writing with a goal

Hey guys!
So I assume that we all write to reach a goal; write a book, write a short story, a script, homework, whatever. Goals are great. But goals can also be incredibly crippling. You're (most likely) not gonna sit down one day and write an entire book in an hour. It's gonna take time and you're gonna struggle and cry and hate yourself, sometimes love yourself (I hope, I haven't gotten there yet). So "todays lesson" is gonna be to set up smaller goals to help you reach the ultimate goal; finish what you're writing!

Goals can be set differently by different people; I myself when I'm trying to structure the timeline, push myself to come up with at least 15 scenes per day. That's not that much, but it's a goal and I reach is every day which makes me feel good, and makes me feel like I'm getting somewhere. When it comes to writing, I try to write 500 words per day. Again, not that much if you think about it, since the average word count on an adult book is around 90,000 words. Assuming that you'll write 500 words/day it's gonna take you 180 days to finish your book. This is also a perfect example of how setting different goals can change the way you look at whatever goal you're trying to reach; 90,000 words makes my stomach hurt, while 500 words feels like taking a nap.

I generally try to write at least 2000 words/day, which I feel is a good goal for me because I know when I get tired, when I'm stuck etc., and that's the big thing about goals; they have to be goals that you can reach. Not too big because that's intimidating as hell, but also not too easy so you'll slack off because it feels like childs play.


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