The Big, Bright, and Butt-chair Goal

Every goal you write takes you a step closer to your grand and astonishing dreams. –Thaddeus, The Writer’s Boon Companion.

The Big Bright Goal

The big goal is worth writing down right now, and even on a daily basis. For example: I am a best-selling fantasy author.  I publish one or two novels a year, and I love speaking at fantasy conferences and talking with my readers.

The Butt-Chair Goal

If you too are a fan of Steven King’s On Writing, you know that his aim is 1,000 words a day.  Which means getting your butt in a chair and writing. My personal goal is 3,000 words a week to a cogent outline. That gives me two short novels a year.  Your writing tip prompt is to  jot down your butt-chair goal now.

The Yearly Goal

How many books written, how many books sold, where to focus new learning?  Yearly goals almost necessitate charts and erasable felts. This sends us to the stationery story on a righteous mission. Because, when writers note down goals for the year, whether in general terms, as in big bright and butt-in-chair goals, the activity keeps our feet on the ground, and our heads in that creative space which designs and executes unique, exciting reads for our readerships.

I hope you’ll have another brilliant week in your writing career. Cheers Mel

Mel Anastasiou writes The Fairmount Manor Mysteries series, starring Mrs Stella Ryman, The Hertfordshire Pub Mysteries series, starring Spencer Stevens, and is Senior Acquisitions Editor with Pulp Literature Press.

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2 thoughts on “The Big, Bright, and Butt-chair Goal

  1. I like 3000 a week — that’s been my goal for a while now. 1000 a day is noble, but I found it was just too high and basically made me depressed every day I couldn’t accomplish it.

    But when I set a weekly goal, even if I’m too busy all week to hit 3000, I can usually do that in a day or two over the weekend, and I don’t have to stress during the week about a daily goal that’s frankly next to impossible a lot of days.

    Great tips here Mel! Goals make better writers 😀

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