My personality toggles between A-minus and B-plus. Depending on my mood, I can obsess about a project (I want the garage cleaned TODAY) or ignore the need for a project (who cares about a dirty garage?)
Another facet of my personally revealed itself during my military experience: I HATE CLUSTERF*CKS! CF’s drive me crazy. The pulling-the-hair, buggy-eyed, babbling-curses type of crazy.
Therefore, I must start any project, cleaning the garage or attempting a writing career, with a plan. I need the plan. I CRAVE the plan. Heck, sometimes I make plans about the type of plan I’ll use. (I’m twisted, I know.)
Before cleaning my garage, whenever that day comes, my to-do list will look like this:
1. Put cleaning supplies on next to interior door.
2. Place all tools on work bench.
3. Put all cloth materials on pool table.
You get the idea. What does that have to do with writing, you ask? Well, my writing journey began with a plan.
I created a “3-year To-Do List” and checked off the appropriate boxes once completed.
(Year One) June 2012 – June 2013
- Create a mission statement (then write). DONE
- Create a vision statement (then write). DONE
- Educate self on the craft of writing (then write). DONE
- Collect appropriate supplies (then write). DONE
- Network with other writers (then write). DONE
- Begin submitting work to publishers (then write). DONE
(Year Two) June 2013 – June 2014
- Continue education.
- Attend writing conventions. (DONE)
- Invest in writing software. (DONE)
- Obtain a PO Box. (DONE)
- Research duotrope.com. (DONE)
- Increase networking exposure. (Blog? Twitter? Facebook?)
- Increase amount of weekly submission to publications.
- Participate in NaNoWriMo 2013. (DONE)
- Complete the novel from 2013 NaNoWriMo.
This plan has been successful for me. How so, you ask?
- My writing is stronger. I’ve learned my strengths and weaknesses.
- I’ve met people at various points in their career. Some are amateur writer (like me), some chose to self-published (what bravery!), and then there are the highly acclaimed, award-winning authors (my goal).
- I AM CONVINCED that my dream to become a successful author WILL become a reality. No hedging or anything. It will happen…someday.
- Removed guesswork by keeping me on track. I know the next move.
So, to my fellow writers and authors in cyber land, I ask you: Do you have a plan?
If not, why? It’s not a philosophical question, I really want to know.
Until next time.