On a recent call with my writing coach, he asked the question of “What does your one year plan look like? What goals in your writing do you want to achieve? And what steps are you going to take to get you there?
I had a rough idea of some things I would like to see happen in the next year of my writing career, but nothing concrete. The more I’ve thought about it, however, one thing kept coming to my mind.
I want to publish a book by November 2021.
This can sound like a lofty goal. Especially when you factor in three small kids to the equation. However, I feel that with determination and a bit of grit, I can make this happen. With that in mind, I set out to create a way to make that goal happen and here’s what I came up with.
Now to provide a little explanation using my goal of publishing two books by November 1, 2021. The major milestones I will have to accomplish will be to:
- Complete the rough draft for book one
- Complete self-editing
- Hire an editor
- Complete manuscript
- Get cover design
- Format book
- Upload book to Amazon
These steps will then be repeated for book two. In order to publish two books I will need to launch my first one by July 1. These goals will need to be accomplished in the next 5/6 months to make this a reality. Hence those milestones are broken into monthly goals.
Next, we break down those monthly goals into weekly and daily goals. These would include writing 1,500 words daily, and a minimum of 9,000 words in a week. As my books are roughly 120,000 words each, that would mean I would need roughly 12 weeks to finish that draft.
The best part, is that at the end of each sheet you have a chance to review your goals and see if there is something you need to change up in order to meet them.
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