Goal Setting for Writers, Part 4: Action Plan

In this blog post series on goal setting for writers, I’ll go through a 4-step goal setting formula that will help writers achieve their writing dreams.  In part 4, I’ll continue with the fourth and final step of goal setting: your action plan.

Do you have a hard time achieving your writing goals?

Are you tired of spending more time dreaming about achieving your writing dreams? Of dreaming about your writing career? Or are you tired of spending more time setting goals but not achieving them? It doesn’t have to be this hard.

Ready to set goals and create a detailed action plan so you know exactly what to work on to achieve your writing dreams?

In this blog post series on goal setting for writers, I’ll go through a 4-step goal setting formula that will help writers achieve their writing dreams.

In part 4, I’ll continue with the fourth and final step of goal setting: your action plan.

Before we dive into the goodies, let’s check out the overview of the 4-step goal setting formula.

 
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An Overview of the 4-Step Goal Setting Formula

This 4-step goal setting formula is really simple and easy to remember. It contains:

  1. Vision (a 3- and a 1-year vision)

  2. Mission (your why)

  3. A clearly formulated goal (a SMART goal)

  4. A plan of action

Now, let’s dive right into this week’s topic, your action plan.

An Action Plan

Making an action plan is quite simple but oh so important. If you don’t schedule the time to work on your writing, it will most likely never happen. An action plan is, therefore, invaluable.

If your 1-year vision (which I’ve gone through in part 1 of this series) ends with you having finished the first draft of a 60.000 word manuscript, you have 365 days (or 52 weeks or 12 months) to spread that number out across.

The easiest way to make an action plan (and a way to track your progress) is to split your overarching goal into smaller ones. For example:

  • Your overarching goal is to write a first draft of 60.000 words in a year.

  • Split the goal of 60.000 words into monthly goals: 5.000 words a month.

  • Split the goal of 5.000 words a month into weekly goals: 1.250 words a week.

  • You can also plan daily goals if you want to get into the nitty-gritty.

Simple, right? However, not every goal is this basic.

If your goal is, for example, to publish a novel before the end of the year, the planning will look a little different.

There are many smaller steps you need to take to reach this kind of goal—like getting your novel professionally edited, getting it formatted, working on a book cover with a designer, fixing the product pages on the different retailer’s platforms, etc. 

With a goal like this, you need to plan backward, from deadline to start.

To make it as easy as possible, write a list of the things you need to get done, and then make a note on how long (realistically speaking) it will take for you to finish those tasks. For example:

  • Developmental edit - one month

  • Line edit - three weeks

  • Proofread - one week

  • Book cover design - two weeks

  • Etc.

Then it’s time to put all your action steps in a planner of choice. Write down when you need to start and finish these smaller goals so that you know what tasks to work on.

This is also where the ongoing tracking of your goals will come in handy.

There you have it. Now, create your own goals and action plan and make sure you track your progress consistently to know that you’re on the right track to achieving your writing dreams.

There you have the fourth and final step in the 4-step goal setting formula. I hope you found this useful.

 
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In this blog post series on goal setting for writers, I’ll go through a 4-step goal setting formula that will help writers achieve their writing dreams.  In part 4, I’ll continue with the fourth and final step of goal setting: your action plan.
In this blog post series on goal setting for writers, I’ll go through a 4-step goal setting formula that will help writers achieve their writing dreams.  In part 4, I’ll continue with the fourth and final step of goal setting: your action plan.

Do you want to learn more about, and dig deeper into, goal setting?

Check out the Goal Setting Workshop for Writers and learn how to set intentional, effective, and exciting goals to achieve your writing dreams.