• L.E. Mearman

Episode 6 - Set Goals & Stay Motivated as an Author

If you find it hard to set realistic authorly goals and keep yourself motivated to achieve them, you are not alone. I’ve gathered a number of tips for helping myself set realistic and achievable goals as a writer. Find out more in this episode of Authoring Advice with L.E. Mearman.

I’ve taken bits and pieces from different systems and applied them in ways that work for me. I’m going to go over the basics here, but if you’re interested in learning more, leave a comment below.

In today's episode, we will discuss:

  • How to set realistic authorly goals.

  • Tips for tracking and evaluating your progress.

  • Tips for staying motivated.

"When you evaluate your accomplishments (or even fails), you gain valuable insight that you can use to improve your process."

Episode Highlights:

  • 2:00 - The basics of my process

  • 4:00 - How I define "goals," "projects," and "tasks."

  • 6:18 - How to track your progress.

  • 8:20 - How to evaluate your progress.

  • 8:35 - Tips for staying motivated to write.

*Times are approximate

"At the end of each day, I try to take a few minutes to review my tasks for the day and mark off the ones I completed. This is extremely satisfying and sets me up for continued success the next day."

Sources & Sundries

“I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.” - Anne Frank

Over the next quarter, what authorly goals would you like to accomplish? Please share below. You can also find me on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest @authoringadvice.


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