“A Goal without a plan is just a wish”. And I wish I could remember where that quote came from. With 2016 well and truly upon us, it is time to get those writing goals determined and a plan of action devised.
I need to put my hand up and admit that I had way too many items on my goal list and was trying to manage way too many writing projects. So this year I have four main writing goals.
- Finalise the publishing of “Pete and the Persian Bottle” by June 2016. (This involves a complete re-edit, change of title, getting the print set out done, organizing the publishing, and then the tough part – marketing and distribution).
- Publish another short story in the “Better Future” series by August 2016. (This involves writing the story, editing, sourcing cover art, Kindle set up, publishing and marketing)
- Scope out and start developing a Christmas book based on the “Cracker of a Christmas Blog” with the blog team. Book structure and layout to be completed by November 2016 with content development and photographs to be managed in 2017.
- Complete to final draft (pre-publishing) of “The Bird” murder/mystery novel by December 2016. (includes full content and structural edit, synopsis, cover letters, and a plan for contacting potential publishers.)
All other projects, ideas and wild plans will be “parked in the garage” until I have finished this lot. (That garage is getting darn full!).
I will provide updates on my progress throughout the year (got to keep myself honest).
To aid the process, I have prepared a goals/planning template for my writers’ group, and attached a copy for those who need a starter point (see below). Good luck and happy planning.
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