When Your Writing Goals Aren’t Being Met

Sometimes, the techniques for overcoming writer’s block won’t seem to work. You set a daily goal for NaNoWriMo and it’s not happening. It occurs sometimes even when you’re on a creative roll; you’re not meeting your set expectations. If you’re exceeding them, congratulations and share your secret to success.

There comes a time in everyone’s creative life when things just aren’t working. You can’t find the time or a unforeseen obstacle presents itself, perhaps a garbage disposal clogs more than just your sink, it blocks your creative soul.

This is where you need to make sure you’re living up to long-term goals, not necessarily short-term goals. If you think about a daily writing goal, it likely won’t be that big of an impact when you look back at your writing career. A few misses every now and then won’t really matter, nor will a sporadic dry spell or two. Now, if you spend weeks not meeting goals, it’s likely you need to reallocate your goals to be more realistic or make a few more sacrifices and find the time to write.

It depends on how much you want to meet your writing goals and where those are within your larger plan. Is it absolutely vital? Is a daily writing goal higher than other priorities? That’s the key. If your writing time is accurate, based on where it resides within your task list, it may be that you simply lower your daily goal. Keep winning the short-term to fulfill the long-term.

What did you do when you weren’t meeting your goals?Chime in with the comments section. The conversation’s always live on Twitter @ThomasAFowler, use the hash-tag #WritersConquest. As always, keep checking my official website for the latest updates. Thanks so much for taking on the Writer’s Conquest.

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