How To Plan Your Writing Year

By on December 31, 2019

If you know anything about being a writer it's that if you plan your writing, it tends to go better! Now that the end of the year is upon us, it is a fantastic time to evaluate our successes and failures and decide how we can learn from our mistakes, build upon our achievements, and have an even greater writing year next year. 

So what are the things that all writers should consider doing to plan for and prepare for the start of the new writing year? Here are some useful tips:

Plan your writing year - our top tips!

Set goals

Set clear and specific goals for yourself. Think about the end of next year and where you hope to be by then, what would make you proudest? Once you have decided what your aims are, break them down into small goals and milestones so you can work out how to progress.

Set timelines

Once you know what you have to do to achieve your goals, you need to understand how long it will take you to complete them. Hopefully, by now, you have a good understanding of how prolific a writer you are, and where you are both most efficient and inefficient. Try to use this knowledge to map out a realistic timeline of what needs to be done by when.

Create your schedule

Following on from the above, you then need to map out your weekly writing schedule to ensure that it coincides with what you hope to achieve. The above steps may need tweaking and refining as you understand how much time you have and what your schedule will look like, try to be realistic, and don't be disheartened if you have to adjust your goals. It is better that you set yourself goals you can hope to achieve than setting yourself up for inevitable failure.

Prepare your space

Make sure that you have a great writing space where you can work. By spending some time thinking about where you'll write and making that space as productive as possible to suit your tastes and needs will ensure you set off on the right foot when you begin work in the new year. 

Have a contingency plan

Make sure that you have some give in your plans. You can't expect the entire year to unravel without some kinks, even some massive obstacles getting in your way, so don't have every last minute planned, and give yourself some flex in case someone throws a spanner in the works.

Have resolve

Before the clock strikes twelve on the 31st, make sure you've given yourself a good old talking to. Make sure that you have any measures in place that you know will help you stay motivated and stick to the goals you've laid out for yourself. Start the year as you mean to go on, with total dedication and determination to succeed!

By following the above, you can hope to have the best writing year yet! Good Luck!

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