Amazing Kids! Magazine

Believe and Achieve!

By Sophie Nadel, Writer’s Tips Editor


We all have great ideas that we want to convert into stories, but sometimes, a big project might seem intimidating. It’s hard to know where to start, what to write, and how to find time in your busy schedule to sit down and create. That’s why making goals for yourself is so important. Having an idea of what to do and when to do it can help make you more productive and less overwhelmed. These quick tips to stay on track will help you to touch the stars!


The most essential set to reaching goals is to develop a plan. Know what you want to get done and when you want it done. It might even be helpful to write your plan out in a calendar. That way, your schedule will be organized and easy to follow, in case you ever need to reference it. However, before you cram your schedule with objectives, keep in mind that you shouldn’t overwork yourself. Be aware of the limits on what you are able to accomplish within a set period of time. Ask yourself, “Where am I in my story right now?” and “How can I finish it in manageable portions?”

Be Persistent!

It’s important to set goals for yourself, but those objectives are almost useless if you don’t stick to your schedule. When you feel unmotivated to continue, promise yourself a reward for finishing each goal. For example, maybe when you finish Chapter 3 in your short story, you’ll watch a movie. There’s also immense satisfaction that comes from the completion of the goal itself. Nothing feels more fulfilling than writing a big check mark on your to-do list!

Small goals are the building blocks of great things! If you follow this advice and decide to be ambitious, I promise that you will be pleased with the results. Remember, setting goals is not just a writing strategy, but can be used with any endeavor you choose to undertake.

By setting manageable goals for yourself, you will discover that you can actually accomplish anything.