Writing Tips 101 by Darlene Foster
A goal without a deadline is just a dream.
You have a great idea for a book. You’ve thinking about it for a long time, probably years. But you are too busy with a job, kids, aging parents, volunteer work and life in general. So you put off writing the book. But it is always there, nagging you, begging to be written.
For many people writing a book seems like an insurmountable task. So they never even start. That is where the problem is, thinking about writing a “book”. Like any large, time-consuming project, to make it happen the task needs to be broken down into doable amounts.
A good way to do this is to set goals – long term, med term and short term goals. These goals should be realistic and time limited. They will different for everyone.
The long term goal could be to have a book completed in a certain amount of time. on
your circumstances it could be six months, one year or more. I gave myself three years to write my first book.
The midterm goal could to write a chapter a month. In three years you could have a 36 chapter book completed. That sounds doable.
Short term goals could be to write for two hours a day, five days a week, that’s only 10 hours a week.
By giving up 2 hours of TV a day, you can do it!
The thought of writing a book doesn’t seem so overwhelming when it is broken down into baby steps.
In three years I had my first book written while working full time, raising children and having a busy social life, by using this method. I have written seven books so far, a number of short stories and articles using this method. Without it, I would have never started the first book and would still saying, I want to write a book someday.