Last month I had Tara Tyler on the blog to show off the new cover to Simulation. Remember how awesome it was? Today, she is back to talk about writing goals. I love goals myself. It's how I trick my muse into doing deadlines. Shhh! Don't tell her. >.>
Do you set writing goals for yourself? Do you work to complete them or do you sometimes get distracted by a shiny new project? How do you stay motivated to finish? Well, I have some suggestions to help with these common problems for writers!
Set Reasonable, Reachable Goals
Whether it's word count, chapter revisions, or getting a draft done - set goals you can manage. And set them according to your schedule. If you don't get a chance to write each day, make it a weekly or even monthly goal. Then check in with yourself and see how you did. Lots of blogging writers check in with each other in regular update hops. That's another motivator!
If you're like me, you have a bunch of things going at the same time, plus new ideas not just nudging, but stabbing their way into your brain. You must pay attention to me right now! But I don't have time to do it all! I need a plan. Which objective should I aim to complete first? So I write out what I'm working on, and prioritize. Sooner deadline? Get it done. But I also have my own personal deadlines...
Make a Long Term Plan
Where do you want to be in the next year? Or what do you want to have accomplished? I've been working on my "last" round of edits on Cradle Rock for several months because other priorities (like short story submissions, working with my interns, and the release of Simulation!) have surfaced needing immediate priority. As soon as I get some time (ha ha) Cradle Rock will be ready to submit to my publisher and to agents. I absolutely have to get it going in October because my publisher is getting more busy and I really want to get it out next year. Have to! So I have general goals for the year to help me prioritize my writing goals each month.
Make sure you leave yourself room to take breaks. We all get stuck or sick of working on the same WIP forever, and that's when switching gears to a short story or new project comes in handy. Submit to a contest or anthology. I say this a lot, but taking breaks re-energizes you to get back to the priority so you can finish!
Do you have any advice for setting goals? How many projects are you juggling?
by Tara Tyler
Release Date: Sept 14, 2015
In 2082, androids are an essential part of daily life. Some are helpful, some would make better toasters, and some are so human-like they're creepy. Back in Atlanta, Detective Cooper's latest client has him searching for her boyfriend who she thinks was replaced by a simulation, an illegal clone android. The guy also happens to be a popular new congressman.
As if the case wasn't frustrating enough, Cooper keeps crossing paths with his ex, FBI Agent Geri Harper who's looking for the same guy. As Cooper closes in, Geri is kidnapped. But when she resurfaces in Washington and goes on a killing spree, he knows it isn't her. Now under suspicion himself, Cooper must find the real Geri to prove her innocence, not to mention hunt down the powerful villain behind it all. Never a dull moment.
SIMULATION delivers more technology, more intense action, more humor, and more, distinct new characters. Come along for the ride.
Tara Tyler writes sci fi and fantasy action-adventures from her little corner of the world in Ohio as she tries to keep up with her three boys and coach husband. Always making time to write, she sometimes puts off chores and lets laundry pile up... hence, she's also the Lazy Housewife, offering advice and tips to other gals out there trying to do it all without going crazy. She and her housewife friends blog at The Really Real Housewives of America.
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