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Setting new writer goals? Look back over your year first

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As we get toward the end of the year, the idea of new writer goals becomes appealing. You want to start afresh, especially after the year we’ve had!

I recommend setting new writing goals every year. In fact, I recommend looking at goals every quarter. But there’s one thing you need to do before you set any new writer goals.

Before you jump right into the goals and planning, I want you to take a step back. How do you know what you want to gain if you don’t know what you already gained this year?

You need to know what you did or didn’t achieve in the previous year. It may feel like you got nowhere, but this is a chance to celebrate what you did do and look at where you want to be this time next year.

Where did your writing business start?

Go right back to the start of the year. Where was your writing business? Had you even started back in January?

By going all the way back to the beginning, you can often quickly see how far you’ve come. Look at what your writing income was like at the start and where you are now. What was your content output like and what are you like now?

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Where were you by the middle of the year?

Now it’s time to look at the middle of the year.

In 2020, I’d also recommend looking at where you were in March before the pandemic hit and then where you were in July. This is just a very different year to every other and that needs to be taken into account.

The middle of the year can be quiet for writers, especially if you’re in the entertainment niche like I am. Travel bloggers will usually see an uptick in teh summer, alhough 2020 would have been different.

What changed in the middle of the year? What did you do to counter the change?

One year, we moved internationally in the middle of the year and that meant a lot of changes. I had to refocus my business and reassess everything. This summer I just had to survive!

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What were your writer goals for the year?

Now look at the goals that you set for the year. You need to look at what you wanted to achieve by the end of the year.

Did you achieve those goals?

There’s nothing wrong if you say no. Don’t feel like you’ve failed.

There are a lot of reasons you didn’t meet your goals (and again, 2020 was a bad year). What you need to do is look at why you didn’t meet the writing goals you set. Look at what happened to cause you to lose track of the plan. Did something shift in your life?

If you did make your goals, you’ll want to look at why that was. What did you do to make sure you stayed on track? For some, it’s a change of focus and priorities. For others, it’s something you’ve done finally paying off.

By knowing why you did or didn’t meet your writer goals, you can get ready for the new year.

There’s no point setting the same goals as last year without assessing them. You want to know if those goals are even still important. If not, you need to look at what is important now.

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Now you’re ready to set new writer goals

Now that you’ve looked back over the year, it’s time to set new writing goals.

You know what you didn’t do last year, and you know why. You know what you want to achieve from your writing business. You can reassess the goals that you did set and make sure you set goals that are more in-line with your needs this year.

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