The cow got tipped. Anxiety and the fear of becoming invisible (in a bad way) kept the aspiring writer from full-heartedly pursuing the end-all-be-all business plan. Finding and fulfilling new roles (when the career that was your mission and purpose for so long has been set aside) is enough of a challenge. I let myself off the hook and took up gardening as I eased into the daily writing routines. You – who chase dreams outright or in your head and heart – please excuse the the lengthy absence as the cow picks itself up, dusts itself off, and begins striving once again to interrupt a mere fraction of your day to enlighten, entertain, or poke at status quo.
The Writer’s Business Plan.
Nixed except for some basic goals for the first year. Outlining methods, to include a marketing plan and platform will be renewed when there’s something of substance to get pushy about. Suffice to say there was a wealth of information on the basic “how to” provided online. My favorites are listed here for those that would like to begin work on their own.
- Helpful download that guides your process from SBA (Small Business Association). Well worth the registration.
- Great “How To” article on Jane Friedman’s site, written by the Emotion Thesaurus folks.
- Deborah Riley-Magnus, Writeaholic blog – specifically, parts of her series, “Author Success: a Well Business Planned Future,” and “Platform Building: One Plank at a Time.”
There were a plethora of books, too many to list. Check into it for yourself if you’re on a mission.
The Writer’s Goals.
Keep in mind that a goal without a deadline is just a pipe dream. Here are the modified goals (having tried on several for size and pitched them when they became stifling or a source of negative self talk) for this baby-writer.
1. I will write every day in my Scrivener created Writer’s Journal, using it as a taskmaster and single place to ensure this happens. Each entry will follow no particular rules as to genre (creative writing, journaling, observations, thought, ideas) but will be purposed toward a single mission – to find a voice that best suites my writing.
2. I will read no less than 80 books in 2015, with a near even mix of non-fiction, literary fiction, sci-fi, YA, and the occasional Indie or unconventional read.
3. I will explore memberships in professional writer associations (SFWA, PNWA, etc) in addition to SCBWI membership and develop a plan for membership into those organizations which best suit me by the end of 2015.
4. Based on finding my voice, and landing on a few projects that I can stay committed to, I will develop project goals and plans for submission and publication no later than June 2015.
That’s it. Enough said. Now we can commence with the grazing of new books, writing resources and practices, the romance of writing, and the overall beauty of the pastures.