Top 3 Tips for Crushing Your Writing and Publishing Goals in 2019


1) Make a plan. If you've ever read my messages before, you know that I'm a big fan and advocate for planning. I don't hate resolutions, in fact, I think they're helpful for forcing us to look at how we'd like to improve our lives. But from there, we need to set specific goals. I won't beat you over the head with SMART goals, as I bet you're too smart for that anyway. Instead, just focus on specific and set goals like "Publish two manuscripts" or "Sell 800 copies." Pick your TOP 3 goals, wording them in this specific manner, and then it will be so much easier to develop a real, actionable PLAN for achieving those three most important goals.

2) Stay focused. Once you've set your goals and laid out the steps and milestones it will

take to achieve them, type or write on a blank piece of paper your top 3 goals for 2019 and then, as they feed into those goals, determine your top three priorities for each quarter of the year -- January through March, April through June, July through September, and October through December. Then stick that paper up in your workspace at eye level where you can see it EVERY day. Having your goals where you can see them often will significantly improve productivity as you're constantly reminded of what you're aiming for. A last note: it's okay to let your goals develop and evolve throughout the year, just update your paper to reflect that evolution.

3) Find friends.

So, once you have your plan set and your tools in place to help you stay focused, what else can you possibly do to make 2019 your best year of writing and publishing yet? It's in the title of this tip... Find some friends! Have at least one writing buddy - or even a small group of fellow writers (they don't have to be in your genre) - and meet up once each week to share your progress, declare your week's priorities, and to encourage and support one another especially through the tough times.

Do you already have these tips implemented? Let me know in the comments if you plan to use these tips, if you need help, or if you already have a system that works for you!

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