Monday, 31 August 2015

New Season, New Start

As it's the last day of August today and it's a Bank Holiday, how about investing some time in looking at your writing career? We are three quarters of the way through the year now (how time flies!) and with the kids going back to school and me back to my day job after the summer break as well as writing, it's a good time to assess where you started at the beginning of the year, where you are now and where you want to get to.

It gets very busy for me this time of the year, especially with the run up to Christmas, so it's important that I plan my time and writing projects effectively. I started off well in the middle of last year by gaining three contracts for a publisher on a non-fiction project and another a few weeks ago. I I am coming to the end of the three book project now, ready to start the next one and so I know where I am going next, but it can be disconcerting as you finish one project with uncertainty about what you might be doing next. Plan, plan plan and get yourself a next project! You're only as good as your last book or article, so it's important to take stock and then keep moving forward.

Think about what it is you want to (realistically) achieve with your writing and what steps you  need to take to achieve those goals. The goals should be small and achievable otherwise you may well over burden yourself and find you can't achieve them which is not exactly conducive to self confidence or your writing career! If you find you are achieving things quickly and easily you can always up the ante later.

The nights are already drawing in and soon it will be time to draw the blinds or curtains against the bad weather and early evening dark skies and set about achieving your writing goals. If you don't sit down and do it, no-one will do it for you.

Happy writing!