I think we all know that “Successful writing requires good planning” and not mindlessness.

It’s a simple formula with common hurdles, pitfalls and plain old mistakes.

The Hurdles

These may include time, motivation, money, confidence, knowledge and skill levels and people pressures. And, discipline (lack of).

The Pitfalls

So many to choose from but may involve personal or family crisis, illness, natural disasters, scams (to do with writing/publishing), competition from other authors, breadth and depth of how you want to develop yourself as a writer – what is your business plan and just how much will you have to do? And, effort.

The Mistakes

Not considering the risks or time or money it will take (think editing and design costs for one), not researching your genre or independent author platforms thoroughly (how much or how little do you go/need/want?), rushing your processes (writing, editing, publishing). And, not planning.

Discipline – Jump Those Hurdles

There is no magic wand, no secret ingredient so if you want to write (more that a hobby) you will need to commit to the goal mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Use what you have (grit, spit, grind), commit (schedule, write on your hand, set alarms) and just do it (just do it).

Effort – Push Through Those Pitfalls

Don’t know where to start? Check out the millions of sites online or in books (bookshop or library). Not sure what to write – read and then write what you like to start with. Take a class. Watch YouTube videos on writing. Sick and or tired? Just write and let your mind go where it wants or use a journal to record observations so that when you are able you will have a resource – yes, even ‘pain’. Be diligent and choose your writing buds/helpers carefully. Read what you’d like to write (but don’t read into your writing time). Find out everything that is involved if you want to publish – think like a business owner.

Planning – Manage Those Mistakes

Everyone will be different and be seated in a different place with a different perspective.

  • Know what you want to achieve
  • Plan your time to include learning, writing, and researching
  • Set aside time (a set time 5 am/day/or period i.e. 2 hours a week)
  • Ensure others know of your time allocation
  • Understand the writing, editing and publishing processes
  • Carry a journal around with you – note-take, observe
  • Take a good look at what others are doing with their author platforms
  • Consult your loved ones as they will be impacted by your writing time – it’s just good manners ey?

Signing off – Me

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