Janalyn Voigt, Author of Novel Books, continues the series on Platform Building.
Let’s say you’ve identified your motives and defined your purposes, and then drawn from them your writing goals. You’ve also refined your goals, prioritized, and made a career plan. What’s left? Putting together all the pieces into one coherent picture.
It’s a great thing to know what you should do in life. It’s another to actually get going on your goals. Right now you might feel like someone who just opened a new puzzle. If you like puzzles, you’ll feel pleased to have a new challenge. If you don’t like puzzles, you’ll just feel frustrated. Don’t despair. Take a deep breath and let’s make order out of what might seem a tumbled mess of pieces.
Everyone does puzzles differently. Some outline first. Some sort by color or shape. And one puzzle differs from another. Writing career goals and strategies vary with the individual. I can only suggest some things to think about, and I can cheer you as you put together your own puzzle.
Thoughts to Ponder
- Never let anything become more important to you than your relationship with God.
- Invest in and prioritize your relationships.
- Look at your entire life in balance, not just at your writing career, when you apportion your time.
- Either revise your expectations to fit available time, or else make more room for writing within healthy priorities.
- Plan learning curve time for yourself when attempting new things.
- Be productive but not driven.
- Don’t let your desire to obtain your goals make you self-focused and insensitive to others.
- Remember to schedule rewards to make life more fun and to help with motivation.
You can either work out your own system or follow mine:
- Purchase a 2011 calendar.
- Take the goals for 2011 you’ve developed and break them down into smaller pieces. What do you need to do each month to accomplish each goal?
- Take those monthly goals and break them down by week.
- Take those weekly goals and break them into daily chunks. Don’t work too far ahead. You can adjust if you get a little behind or things work out differently than planned. Just go a week at a time but keep pace within your larger framework.
- In time you may see a need to adjust your monthly (or even yearly) goals. Without bashing yourself, just go ahead and make the changes.
Next time we’ll talk about scheduling retreat times for yourself.
So, do you have an interesting method for organizing your goals? I’d love to hear it!
Janalyn Voigt writes novel books.
DAWNSINGER, book one of her TALES OF FAERAVEN trilogy, will release with Port Yonder press. Her publication credits include Focus on the Family, Scripture Press and Pentecostal Evangel. Janalyn is affiliated with ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) and has been a NCWA member since 2008. Visit her website at http://janalynvoigt.com/