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The Writing Coach Podcast with Rebecca L. Weber

Jan 4, 2022

The fundamental 5W1H questions you use when reporting are just as handy for examining your freelance life. 

When it comes to setting writing goals, WHO will you become in the process of achieving your goal?

Is your goal setting process setting you up for success? Have you chosen goals that are distracting you from the writing you really want to be doing? Or are you holding unmet goals against yourself?

Some writers have such a hard time believing that they’re good at setting at achieving goals, that even when it’s accomplished, they downplay the achievement or forget there was any struggle.

Today we’ll look at some common pitfalls writers run into when setting and working on goals, including:

“I’ll have what she’s having” goals: You’re not really sure what you want, but see that somebody else seems to be happy with having set or achieved a goal, so you set that for your goal too.

Celebrity crush goals: You’ve put a publication, niche, or story on a pedestal so high that you’re not realistically pursuing it.

Goal timeframe issue: You’ve set a goal, pursued it, and then think “I’m not going to make it in time” and slow down or stop.


WCP 20: Setting freelance writer goals

WCP 32: Setting freelance writer goals, Vol. II

WCP 45: Setting freelance writer goals, Volume III

WCP 59: Setting freelance writer goals, Vol. IV

WCP 97: Setting freelance writer goals, Vol. V

WCP 119 I want to, I want to not

WCP 1: What’s your problem?


On January 10, I’m leading an all-new 5W1H goal setting workshop, exclusively for members of Freelance Writer Bootcamp. Register today for 2022 Bootcamp, and join us for this special opportunity to get coached live on your goals. It’s the perfect pre-work for Bootcamp.

Apply today:


Break into your dream publications and get paid well while covering stories that matter. 

Bootcamp alumni have used these proven pitching processes to break into the New York Times, the Guardian, Bustle, Fodor’s, Condé Nast Traveler, Al Jazeera, the BBC, and many more.

We cover all the external skills to improve your pitch acceptance rate, and the internal mindset work to keep you from getting in your own way.

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