Welcome to the wonderful world of writing known as the Insecure Writer's Support Group! Writers from all over join forces once a month to share hopes, dreams, and terror ;).
It's the first week of the new year, so, like most people, my thoughts have been on what I can do and what tools I need to push my writing career into the next phase.
I got a planner. Not just any planner, mind you--a magic time traveling one. I'd seen it on Amazon and it looked full of useful nooks and crannies. I love extra place to cram stuff. It has goal setting for the year (month by month on a single quick scan page) and then each month breaks down that months MOST important goal, reason for it, and steps.
It also has days broken up and a lovely two page at a glance month calendar.
The magic part came when I started filling it in. My goal this year is to hit an average word count of 1800 words (about six pages) a day six days a week. I'm aiming for four books this year, plus a novella. I am also in a program for advertising and will be running regular ads. I have a lot on 2018's plate.
But when I started writing everything in the planner I saw how feasible it actually was. Yes, I'm going to be pushing myself this year, but the time IS there. I have to want it.
My magic planner sent me to the future, made my dreams workable, and is damn pretty besides :).
Defining and writing down your goals, makes them real. Everytime you look at those words, it reinforces the realness.
I hope everyone has a great IWSD! (and here's my planner if you're interested ;))
Sounds exciting. Have a great year. :-)ReplyDelete
Anna from elements of emaginette
Since my link above didn't work- here's the planner :)ReplyDelete
I love planners, and that sounds like a really good one. I hope it helps you to meet your goals. :)ReplyDelete
Thank you! I've never had one I like so much -it's kinda weird, but I love having goal sections in it FAR too much!Delete
Word count goals never worked for me. I spend too much time editing as I go, so most of the words I write generally get thrown away. I won't have any idea how many words I have until after the second or third draft.ReplyDelete
I learned long ago that for me I need to just write--get it all out there. THEN go back and edit the heck out of it! My word counts keep me moving forward when I want to stop ;).Delete
Cool planner. I have a habit of abandoning all tracking or planning stuff very quickly (I think I managed to last at keeping a food journal for 2 weeks before tossing it aside), so I know it wouldn't work for me. But that's awesome that you have a plan, and you see it's achievable! Woot!ReplyDelete
Thanks! It's weird how real it made things. This is a very heavy year for me, so I'll need all the help I can get.Delete
That's a pretty cool planner. Good luck with all of your goals for the new year!ReplyDelete
Thank you- you as well!Delete
I never understood the magic of a planner, but this post offers a clear vision. May the magic continue for you throughout the year to come.ReplyDelete
Thank you :). That's going to be the tricky part. Keeping the spirit up and running for the entire year ;).Delete
What a great idea using a beautiful planner to keep you organized and inspired too. Thanks for the share and good luck on this year's goals!!ReplyDelete