Writing Goals

1.  Write about – or make a list of – the kind of writing you most often do: [This could include emails, shopping lists, reports, a diary – whatever you feel you write most often]

2.  Write about the kind of writing you want to do: [What type(s) of writing are you not allowing yourself the time to do? Do you yearn to write poetry? Do you have an idea for a story but haven’t got around to starting it? Would you like to write a journal every day but not the motivation to actually do it?]

3.  Write about the kind of writing you think you need to do: [This is a bit trickier. Is there something about yourself you’d like to work on? Have you problems or worries about which you need to get some clarity? Freewriting can help with this – often what comes out in your Freewriting shows you what you need to write about.]

4.  How can you do more of the kind of writing you want / need to do? [Writing a little every day is the best way to keep writing. Look at your typical day and ask yourself when would be the best time of day for you to write. Make yourself a promise about when and how often you will write, e.g., you might promise to write for 10 minutes at 9pm every evening. You also need to promise to allow yourself that time to write.]

5.  Write down one small writing goal, and when you will achieve it: [Example: I will write do 5 minutes of Freewriting, every day, for one week, starting today.]

Good luck – if you try this idea please leave me some feedback about how it worked for you.



About Carol Ross

Interested in therapeutic writing.
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2 Responses to Writing Goals

  1. Mary Ellis says:

    This is a very good list, full of useful advice. I have recently started writing again, and thought I need a purpose for writing, so I’m contributing to my local club newsletter. Although it’s not fiction, I’ve tried to introduce some of the descriptive elements I used in fiction writing to make it enjoyable to read. Also when writing about a particular event, I’ve tried to get across the atmosphere so that readers can get a glimpse of my experience. I’ve spent the last hour or so doing this, and I feel great!

    • Carol Ross says:

      I think many of the skills of good writing transfer across fiction and non-fiction. I was reading and thinking about writing up a case study today (busy day!) and a good narrative approach is important even though it’s non-fiction.

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