Often the thing that hinders us from completing our writing goals is an ability to complete the writing. As creatures of habit, it often boils down to our daily writing habits. The reason books such as The Greatest Salesman in the World and The Power of Habit are so successful is because they focus on helping us to refine our habits, which in turn helps us to achieve our goals.
This week we read a blog post entitled 10 Things I Do Every Work Day. There is nothing in the author’s list that is earth-shattering or life altering, she just makes a point to complete these 10 things every day. Some days it works, some days it doesn’t, but it always remains a constant to do those 10 things, and those 10 tasks are what help keep the author successful.
In honor of habits and the spirit of getting things completed, we took our inspiration from this post and came up with: 10 Things to do Every Week (because while it would be nice to do them every day, we realize most independent authors write as a hobby or side project). So print them out if you have to and put them somewhere where you will pay attention to them in order to achieve those writing goals.
10 Things to do Every Writing Week as inspired by the aforementioned blog post:
- Read something related to my genre – whether it’s industry news or another author’s work, know what’s going on in the space where you’re writing.
- Read something related to writing skill development – the resources to hone your writing skills are endless. Sites like Daily Writing Tips and The Write Practice are reputable places to start.
- Send out two tweets of meaning to try to connect with potential readership – Send out two tweets to connect with your potential readers. Don’t know who they are? Searching “#insertsomethingrelatedtoyourbookhere” on Twitter is usually a good place to start. You’d be surprised what people are hashtagging these days.
- Respond to two social media posts related to your work in any capacity – Join the conversation, this is nothing new, but consistency is key!
- Complete a word count target – Writers love to set word count target goals, but if we’re being honest, how often do we really reach them? Let’s just try lowering our word count and just focusing on achieving the goal for a few weeks.
- Have a short non-writing related conversation with a family member or friend. Always chatting up friends to read your latest piece, or always talking about that character your researching? Put it on pause for a minute and ask how your family and friend are doing.
- Identify the top goal for the week for my book, and two other goals that will be coming up in the near future.
- Identify and execute three tasks that may be involved in achieving that one goal.
- Post five valuable pieces of content on all of your major social media accounts.
- Take five full minutes to appreciate what you’ve already accomplished and how far you’ve come.
Happy Reading and Writing!