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This year we are using our daily prompts to improve our writing. This month I want to focus on next year. Yip, we’re there already and in all honesty, I am reeling. This year has gone past so quickly. I’m taking stock and planning ahead. Let’s see how we can make 2023 work for us.
We all have ambitious goals. We have big dreams. We have small dreams. We have special dreams. But those dreams will only come true if we work for them. The work becomes less overwhelming if you break it down into smaller, more manageable parts.
It’s time to recap. What writing goals did you set last year? Have you achieved what you set out to do? Make lists. Count stuff and tick all your boxes. It’s good to have 2022’s goals at hand. You will build on this list for next year. (If you did not set any goals for 2022 this post will help you make the most of 2023.)
The Big Picture
Okay, so let’s say your goal for 2023 is to write a book. That’s about 80 000 words. It is a longer-term project. Smaller steps help. It’s hard to keep the momentum going when the writing gets hard, but you can do it. Not planning a book? Adapt your goals accordingly. Do you want to write one short story per month? Do you want to rewrite the novel you wrote in 2022? Do you want to write every day of 2023?
Okay, if we work with 80 000 words we can aim for 20 000 words per quarter. That’s 6670 words per month. Do-able, right? Depending on your circumstances you may decide to adjust the timing to get it done faster, but I find the pace just right for balancing work, family and life in general.
Do the same with short stories or your daily writing goal. Break it down into quarters and do the math.
We just said we would like to write 6670 words per month to complete the novel. That is 1670 words per week. Or one short story per month or 4000 words if you plan to write 200 words every week day.
Break the 1670 words per week down even more. That’s 334 words per day if you don’t write during weekends. (Even you don’t write daily make writing appointments to write three days a week. Set a timer and write for the duration of your allotted time.)
Now, many will say, but what if I am not inspired or I what if have writer’s block or what if my muse is absent? A daily, weekly and monthly routine will ensure that your muse knows that you mean business. To quote Stephen King, ‘Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.’
Read this post about goal setting.
Craft: Read Atomic Habits by James Clear
Set your goals. Start with reflecting on this year, decide on the big picture stuff and then reverse engineer it into smaller steps for 2023.
31 Writing Prompts For December 2022
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