If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much. –Jim Rohn
In every profession, success experts agree: set your course. If not, not only do we writers not get done what we dream of doing, but we end up engaging in a lot of peripheral activities we don’t enjoy. That won’t get us far.
Daily Life Plan Design
That means writing out goals. And authors do. But how many of us write our goals every day? Long term and short term. We’re all different, but one powerful daily practice is to
- Visualize the highest, grandest dream in a writing career for a moment.
- Identify with painstaking accuracy the very next 20-minute step in that direction.
It’s a shiny bit of knowledge to carry about, that one small but vital “next thing”. And of course our “grandest dreams” are completely portable.
I hope you’ll have another brilliant week in your writing career. Cheers, Mel.
If you enjoy Mel Anastasiou’s writing tips, you might try her pocket-sized writing guide The Writer’s Boon Companion: Thirty Days Towards an Extraordinary Volume. Motivates, organizes, encourages, inspires.
From Pulp Literature Press
“The Writer’s Boon Companion is a quiet, thoughtful chap. Boon offers daily hints and exercises to support your narrative along its road to completion. You’ll also find generous servings of motivation and philosophy to help you forge ahead over 30 days of drafting towards a completed novel or novella. This writer’s journal offers space for goals, reflection, outlines, and offers what no other writing guide can, the future visions of a steam-powered robot.”
And, coming soon, The Writer’s Friend and Confidante, paperback version. This new 30-day guide from Pulp Literature Press was inspired by the editors’ admiration for the strength, endurance, and talent of NANOWRIMO writers, as they rock Novembers from year to year.