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Writing Goals for 2016: Plan for Publishing Success
Finished Books Must First be Started!
Prioritizing Writing Projects
Writing can be a frustrating profession. Either we writers sit and agonize over so-called "writer's block" or we sit paralyzed as dozens of ideas swirl around all at once. I am almost always experiencing the latter.
The "Top Three" Strategy
This year I plan to focus my mind on just three priority projects at a time. You can join me by carefully considering what three projects are your top priorities for the upcoming year. Then tackle them one at a time. As a project is completed, cross it off the list add a new project to the "Top Three" -- then just keep writing. I'd welcome your comments on how this strategy works for you, as I will share my own progress with regular updates to this hub.
Inspiration for Fiction Writers
My Top Three Writing Projects for 2016
First, I plan to finish my writing curriculum I've been testing this academic year with homeschooled students in a co-op. My hope is the book will reach far more students than I could ever personally teach. My approach is to teach writing naturally by making students write real stuff (e.g. friendly letters, book reviews, acrostics, and paragraphs) instead of doing textbook exercises. I also read to them from the works of great writers so they can learn by example. I'm excited about kids learning to write, so I've prioritized this project.
Second, I want to turn my book outline (done on a vacation in 2013) into a finished book by spring. The outline has just been sitting all this time and my cover has already been designed. Now is the year to get this book written, edited, and published! I've let it age long enough.
Third, I plan to complete a book about my knitting design process. I am designing a sweater as I knit it and writing about how I do it, from preliminary sketch to schematic to knitting samples to finished product. A sub-goal under this project is to learn to take better photographs for my book illustrations.
Waiting in the Wings
After I accomplish my top three, I have more projects waiting to make it onto the priority list:
- A screenplay I have conceptualized (stewing for three years or so)
- More knitting patterns after testing (ongoing, lifetime project)
- A book of humorous memoirs. (not yet outlined)
Side Note: Do Some Housekeeping
Yes, writing is a messy business at times. Take a little time to clean out your desk drawers (maybe you will find a long lost manuscript!) and clean up the hard drive on your computer. Get some nice new pens or pencils if the smell of a sharpened pencil inspires you. Replace an uncomfortable desk chair with an ergonomic work chair. Even buying a new notebook for jotting down ideas on the run can be a catalyst for more and better writing.
Don't clean too long, though. Writers need to write, so get going putting words on pages as soon as possible!
Share Your Goal
What is your top writing project for 2016?
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