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A Quick Guide to Setting Goals that Work

January 3, 2022




Note From Rochelle


Dear Writers,

Happy New Year!

I’m back in the office and excited about all of the cool offerings I have planned for you.

The first up are my popular writing accountability groups.

My Writing Accountability Group is back. This is an amazing way to stay committed to your writing and learn more about you and your writing life and style.

The Writing Goddess Group is for women who want feedback on their work. It’s a small group with room for just one or two more participants. Email me if you’re interested in joining us.

And a special offer. My friend, Emma Dhesi, has brought together 20+ writers, creatives, editors, and publishers for a complimentary masterclass series that will serve fiction writers who want to write and finish their books. Be A Bestseller 4.0: Write Your Novel With Confidence runs from 16-27 January 2023 and it’s totally free. You can sign up here:

Today’s post will help you set goals that work!

Happy writing,

Rochelle, the Write Now! Coach


A Quick Guide to

Setting Goals that Work

By Rochelle Melander


If you’ve done the exercises over the past two weeks, you have looked at 2022 and considered what sparked joy and what you want to leave behind. You’ve explored the activities that brought joy when you were ten. Now it’s time to choose something new to focus on in 2023.


As we move into planning for a New Year, think about how you would like to be spending your time. Are there people you’d like to connect with, skills you’d like to learn, or activities you want to participate in? Make a list. Choose one or two of those activities.


Create a goal statement

Set a goal to do it and identify when you’re going to do it. I find it helpful to make a goal statement that includes both my plan and my goal. They read something like this:

  • After dinner, I will plot my novel, so that I can meet my goal of writing a novel this year.
  • On Saturday mornings, I will write poetry, so that I can meet my goal of writing a poetry collection this year.
  • When I have an afternoon snack, I will read a craft book so that I can achieve my goal of learning more about writing.


As you plan for the New Year, I hope you’ll be able to make time to do what matters to you, too. Because engaging with real life can be magical!


A version of this article first appeared on Kathy Haueisen’s blog, How Wise Then.


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