Published on 1st Jan., 2017

5 Writing Goals You Can Set This Year

There’s nothing like a new year and the idea of a clean slate to renew the motivation in your writing career. Take advantage of the resolution-setting mindset and set yourself some new writing goals for the year ahead. Not sure what goals to set? We’ve got a few suggestions for you!

1. Commit to a daily writing goal

For many writers, a daily goal is the backbone of a consistent writing habit. Try setting an achievable goal, such as 1000 words or three pages every day. If you can hit this goal consistently, after a few weeks it will become an ingrained habit. Already have a daily writing goal that’s working for you? Try challenging yourself and increase it by 15 or 20 percent!

2. Raise your rates

When was the last time you raised the rates for your services? The beginning of the year is the perfect time to reevaluate what your writing is worth and set new rates. You can quote higher rates to new incoming clients, and with some advance notice, increase rates for existing clients too.

3. Learn a new writing expertise

Set a goal to learn a new area of writing expertise this year. Perhaps you want to try your hand at long-form blog posts over 2000 words apiece. Maybe you’d like to start interviewing people for in-depth feature articles. Or to add to your bank account, maybe it’s time to learn a well-paying business niche like case studies. Whatever you’d like to experiment with, set a goal to take on that new writing expertise this year.

4. Connect with other writers

When you spend most of your time writing and your are eyes glued to your computer screen, you start to feel a bit isolated after a while. Make it a point to connect with other writers somehow. You can befriend writers on Twitter, join a small Facebook group of writers, or look for a group of like-minded writers who meet up in person in your area. You’ll feel much less alone when you can chat with other writers who understand your daily life.

5. Support the writing community

Another great goal to set is choosing a way to give back to the writing community. It can be small things like sharing a fellow writer’s new article, offering to beta read their first draft, or sharing helpful advice with people who are newer to writing than you. If you have the ability, you can go bigger and donate money to the creators of your favorite free writing tools or offer to start a writing group in your city. If every writer set a goal to give back to the writing community on a regular basis, just imagine how much more the community would thrive!

Spend some time thinking about how you would like to grow your writing career in the coming months and then choose two or three goals that will help you get there. Write them down somewhere you can regularly refer to them, and then get ready for a great year of writing!

Robyn Petrik is a freelance writer from Vancouver, Canada, and specializes in writing social media content for creative small businesses. Along with writing, she also spends time painting on her iPad, reading, hiking, and eating too much peanut butter. You can learn more about Robyn at robynpetrik.com and connect with her on Twitter.

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