I have another blog post up on WritersDigest.com, this time where I break down a couple of my favorite business tools and how you can apply them to your writing career. I’m always excited when I can merge my business background with my passion for creative writing! Yes, I’m nerdy like that.
One thing I want to add: This time of year, a lot of articles for writers talk about goal-setting. My article talks about key performance indicators (KPIs). Some people might wonder, what’s the difference between goals and KPIs? The way I see it, goals are a specific point you’re trying to reach, like the summit of a trail, whereas a KPI is more like a compass. It’s a calculation that indicates direction. Is the number trending up, down, or staying the same? It’s information that can help you course-correct. Or it’s something you can take note of to discover any trends or patterns. And yes, it can steer you toward your goals. You can calculate a KPI as sporadically or as often as you like.
Personally, I like setting goals, but I know some folks find them a source of anxiety or letdown. I think KPIs are a nice option as a companion and/or alternative to goals.