Writing Tips

Writing Tip: Manage your Expectations

Did you know that recently it has been announced that what kills marriages faster than anything else is unmet expectations?

This blog is not about marriages, however, I think this applies directly to our writing. With the New Year recently upon us, how many of you have made resolutions? How many of us had made resolutions to finish that book? To publish that book? To turn that book into a movie and become insanely famous? (No one, just me?) Anyhoo . . .

The point is, in our writing we must manage our expectations. 

Writing is hard and making a break through in the industry is even harder, some might say that it is nearly impossible. So I am encouraging you to “make resolutions” and to set goals for your writing, but in doing so, make them realistic!

  • Set yourself real goals that you truly can accomplish!
    • Here are some examples:
      • Write Every Day (even if it’s just for 5 minutes)
      • Try to hit a word count every day (even if it’s 20 words).
      • Try to finish as much as that book as possible (even if it’s not the whole thing.)
      • Send out queries to multiple publication houses (but don’t stop writing, waiting to hear back)
  • Don’t give yourself unrealistic expectations.
    • Here are some examples:
      • Starting and Finishing that new idea for a book and having it picked up within the year (yes it can happen, but it doesn’t often)
      • Becoming a millionaire with your first book (Suzanne Collins wrote amazing books for YEARS and was not known until her latest series).

So this year, be kind to yourself and be honest with your writing. Expect that some days will be more productive than others and set realistic expectations.

Happy Writing Everyone!

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Derek Harvey has a great article expectations in marriage if any of you are interested in reading the article.