day 1: setting smart goals
Goals for writing challenges often fall in one of several types:
You may have an overall objective of finishing your dissertation, or a large project, or making time in your daily schedule to improve your writing. All of these can be broken down into SMART goals.
The first #EpiWritingChallenge occurred in November 2018. All 20 days are documented here as blog posts, and have been edited to be applicable beyond the challenge. Learn more about the #EpiWritingChallenge here.
not sure where to start? want some example goals?
The #RxWritingChallenge was to write for 30 minutes each day. There are plenty of articles out there that talk about how important it is to write something every single day – no matter what it is. It’s a key step in formulating an effective writing habit that helps productive.
Starting a project
Finishing a project
Working on a skill
what counts as 'writing'?
Tasks that contribute to productive writing count as writing!
If you put off writing a draft until you’re in a “writing mood”, you may find that weeks have passed.
Sit down and just type, no matter how bad you think it is. Starting is often the hardest part.
Organizing the author list counts.
Updating your references counts.
Checking the journal’s formatting guidelines and formatting your work counts.
Reading background material for the introduction counts.
It all counts!
John Steinbeck wrote in the Fall 1975 issue of the Paris Review to “abandon the idea that you are ever going to finish. Lose track of the…pages and write just one page for each day, it helps. Then when it gets finished, you are always surprised.”
There are so many steps from an idea to a publication, and it is easy to feel overwhelmed or jaded when one step becomes more of a hole.
Build on small goals and gain momentum.
Sloppy writing can be cleaned up, edited, deleted, re-written.
But a blank page cannot.
achieving smart goals
Quote of the Day
"You cannot wait for inspiration. You must go after it with a club."
- Jack London
Bonus Link: How to Become a Highly Productive Writer
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