How to set achievable writing goals to make 2013 the best year ever

Happy New Year! Help me welcome Heather Hart, who has some helpful advice for setting realistic goals. Here’s Heather!


I’d like to start off by wishing everyone a happy new year! This is the time of year when many people are making resolutions, and trying to better themselves for the year to come, so on that note, I wanted to share three goal setting tips that I try to live by.

1. Be specific. Setting broad goals makes it hard to know when you’ve reached them, or even how much progress you’ve made in the right direction. Setting specific goals makes them easier to track and achieve. One of my goals for the new year is to market my book every day for the entire year – which also happens to be the theme behind my most recent book (that came out today), “A Year of Book Marketing.” You’re goals are quite possibly different than mine, and that’s okay, but being specific will help you stay on track.

2. Have different target completion dates. Set daily, weekly, and yearly goals. There’s no point in setting a goal that you aren’t ready to reach for, or setting your expectations so high that you won’t ever get there. Instead of sticking to the traditional New Year’s resolution of giving yourself 1 year to lose 30 pounds, why not make a goal to exercise every day for two weeks, and to lose 5 lbs within 2 months?

3. Make them realistic.  You know better than anyone else what is realistic for you, so when setting goals, just double check to make sure that you are being reasonable (it’s okay to push yourself, but there’s no point in killing yourself for something that will only discourage you because it’s too much too fast). I have four children, I couldn’t possibly set a goal of spending an hour a day doing… well anything. I don’t have that much free time to work with. Likewise, I can’t set a goal of visiting Paris with my husband as we don’t have a sitter that could watch the children for that amount of time, nor the financial resources to get us there.

Whatever your goals are for 2013, I hope you reach them. If you are an author who has set a marketing goal for the new year, I highly encourage you to check out my new book, “A Year of Book Marketing” – Available on


Helping other authors since 2009, Heather Hart lives in Texas with her husband, Paul, where she fills her days caring for their four young children, writing for Christ, and studying God’s Word. Heather works as a liaison, author, and authors assistant whose desire is to glorify Christ through her work and to help other authors do the same. You can learn more about Heather by visiting her website:

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Twitter: @_HeatherHart




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