Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Writing Goals/Quotas

Last week we talked about setting time aside or rather scheduling time to write. I received some wonderful feedback and most of you know what works best for you.
But I wanted to add something more.

In my writers group every one used to make weekly goals. This worked for quite a while, but pretty soon people started slacking off. The penalty was paying a quarter to the kitty. That kitty became pretty big. Something was missing in keeping our goals.


And making attainable goals.

If you make your goal too high you’re defeating the purpose of the goal.
Make goals that you can keep.
BUT don’t make them so little that they don’t push you.

I have a friend who has a book due in August. She knows she has to write four polished pages a day from now on to meet her deadline. If she pushes and writes more her work won’t be polished. If she doesn’t do four pages she won’t make her deadline and she risks disappointing her publisher. She’s set a quota that works for her, that she feels comfortable with, and one that’s productive.

Goals and quotas are personal.
Some people write faster, some slower,
some write the rough then go back and polish, some polish as they write.
It’s all good.
Deep down you know what you need to do to get the job done.

Set a goal/quota, pace yourself, and write.


  1. I'm not in a place where I have real deadlines for my writing yet. At this point, I just do what I can when I can. It works for now :)

  2. Jemi,
    If what you're doing works that's great! I'm a very goal-oriented person. I even write my goals on my white board where I can see them every day. There's something about writing the goal down that makes it grow in importance. But that's just the way I do it. And it's not for everyone. Thanks for stopping by. :)

  3. I need to stay awake. Lately everytime I sit down at the computer I get really sleepy!

  4. Tamara,
    Every time? Kidding, right?

    It's hard to tell with just the written word.

    If you're not kidding...I know you're sleepiness isn't because you've lost interest in your story.

    Sooo are you sleeping well at night? I go through times when I can't sleep, but it's amazing to write in the middle of the night. No one is up, the house is quiet, and you can really pound out the story. And if every time you sit down to write, if you try writing in the middle of the night, you might fall asleep. A win-win situation.

    Let's see is that a circular thing where everything kind of fits together?

    Probably not. But it might solve your problem ;)

  5. Great post, Kathi. I appreciate the inspiration.

  6. Kathi, I totally agree, you have to set realistic goals to achieve them. Great reminder. Thanks! =)

  7. Roxy,
    You're welcome! Your blog is always inspiring me so I'm glad I could return the favor. ;)

  8. Very true. I set goals and keep to them. I makes me feel like I am closer to my ultimate goal :)

    Thanks for the visit to my blog.

  9. You've brought up a good point. It's neat to know there are many ways to reach the same worthy goal. :)

  10. Excellent post with great advice for all writers.

  11. Posting my weekly goals on my sidebar is helpful. I feel publically accountable for reaching them. That being said...I'm not going to reach them this week. My hubby got sick and then my basment flooded.

  12. Sharon,
    Posting your goals in the sidebar is a great idea. I understand how life can get in the way of keeping your goals. People do get sick and basements do get flooded. I hope your hubby is feeling better and the water has disappeared. :)



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