Plan and Set Goals as a Writer

This pandemic has lasted longer than what we initially thought it would. Though solitude often goes hand-in-hand with being a writer, sometimes too much solitude makes us less effective as writers.

Now, more than ever, I find it necessary to plan and set goals by writing them down, thereby ensuring that they become a reality. When you write something down as a plan or goal you tend to accomplish the task.

Sometimes I find it hard to concentrate with the monotony of being inside so much, only to leave home for essential tasks and not so much for enjoyment through social meetings. I do meet a friend, though, each week to go walking in the park. We keep our social distance as we sit and talk on long picnic tables, too.

To not lose purpose as a writer, I try to come up with new projects to keep me motivated. It seems that within the next few months, I will start doing monthly podcasts to complement this blog, making them entertaining and informative as a learning tool. I’ll draw from my two books, Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All, and my latest title, Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing for inspiration to do podcasts.

When I get rolling with the podcasts, I’d like to do author interviews, so that all can hear the voices of authors, and not just read their written words. Now, I am still in the planning stages and listening to other podcasts to pick up techniques.

What are your goals as a writer for the rest of 2020 and for 2021? Do you have other artistic goals? Having short-term goals, such as weekly ones for both personal and professional purposes, helps immensely. But, we also need to set long-term goals to give us purpose.

For me, setting goals has always uplifted me. I believe that if you are feeling somewhat gloomy, you can set some goals for yourself, and see if they lift your mood.

All Good Wishes,

Charlotte Digregorio

Copyright 2020 by Charlotte Digregorio.

About Charlotte Digregorio

I publish books. I have marketed and/or published 55 titles. These books are sold in 46 countries to bookstores, libraries, universities, professional organizations, government agencies, and book clubs. In 2018, I was honored by the Governor of Illinois for my thirty-eight years of accomplishments in the literary arts, and my work to promote and advance the field by educating adults and students alike. I am the author of seven books including: Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All; Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Homes; You Can Be A Columnist; Beginners' Guide to Writing & Selling Quality Features; Your Original Personal Ad; and my latest, Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing. The first four books have been adopted as supplemental texts at universities throughout the U.S., Canada, India, Pakistan, and Catalonia. They are sold in 43 countries, and are displayed in major metropolitan cultural centers. These books have been reviewed, recommended, and praised by hundreds of critics, librarians, and professors worldwide. I am also the author of a poetry collection: "Shadows of Seasons: Selected Haiku and Senryu by Charlotte Digregorio." Two of my books have been Featured Selections of Writer's Digest Book Club. I am regularly interviewed by major print, radio, and television organizations throughout the U.S. I regularly sign books at libraries, chain bookstores, and university bookstores, and do poetry readings at art centers, cafes, tea houses, and galleries. I was recently nominated for two Pushcart Prizes in poetry. I have won fifty-nine poetry awards, writing fourteen poetic forms. My poetry has been translated into eight languages. I do illustrated solo poetry exhibits 365 days a year in libraries, galleries, corporate buildings, hospitals, convention centers, and other venues. My individual poems have been displayed at supermarkets, apparel and wine shops, banks, botanic gardens, restaurants, and on public transit. I have been nominated and listed in "The International Authors and Writers Who's Who" in Cambridge, England and in the "Who's Who In Writers, Editors & Poets U.S./Canada." I hosted my own radio program, "Poetry Beat," on public broadcasting. My poetry has been featured on several library web sites including those of Shreve Memorial Library in Louisiana and Cornell University's Mann Library. My background includes positions as a feature editor and columnist at daily newspapers and as a magazine editor. I have been a public relations director for a non-profit organization. I am self-employed as a public relations/marketing consultant, having served a total of 118 clients in 23 states for the past several decades . In other professional areas, I have been on university faculties, teaching French, Italian, and Writing. I regularly give lectures and workshops on publishing, journalism, publicity, poetry, and creativity to business and professional groups, and at writer's conferences, universities, literary festivals, non-profit organizations, and libraries. I have been a writer-in-residence at universities. There have been about 400 articles written about me in the media. I have served on the Boards of writers and publishers organizations. My positions have included Board Secretary of the Northwest Association of Book Publishers. I served for five years as Midwest Regional Coordinator of The Haiku Society of America, and for two years as its Second Vice President.
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2 Responses to Plan and Set Goals as a Writer

  1. Paul Beech says:

    Dear Charlotte,

    Such an interesting, forward-looking, encouraging post! Such grand goals you’ve set and plans made – podcasts, author interviews…Wow!

    I reckon we all need to do some of this with Covid-19 likely to be with us a while longer.

    Being unable to get out very much, and then only cautiously, I’ve found little fresh experience to write about, so had to draw increasingly on memories, though successfully in publication terms.

    My long-term goal is to bring out a haiku-related chapbook – just hope I can find a publisher!

    My very best,


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