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It’s That Time Again – Strategic Planning for Authors

As the end of the year looms large, we writers should be thinking about strategic planning. I know—it sounds like work. Boring work. But, honestly, if you don’t plan your writing career, you won’t achieve as much as you hope. Any savvy business owner or entrepreneur will tell you—you have to have a strong, viable business plan. Writers need one too!

I’m going to reprint some of my posts from years back that discuss ways to plan your writing career strategically. This is what I do every year, at the beginning of the year. I sometimes go into great detail. Othertimes I just make a list of what I plan to accomplish for the year.

For me, that can often be enough. But I’ve been executing my writing goals and plans for many years now, averaging about three published books a year for the last ten or so years, along with things like online courses, translations of my books, audiobooks, workshops and retreats, and teaching at conferences.

I always need to lay out my objectives and goals for the New Year, pushing myself to excel, learn, reach new heights, and learn new things. We writers (humans, in general) should strive to learn new things continually. And while we can have an open mind to learning at every turn, being open to life’s lessons, there is something to be said about planning strategically. Continue Reading…

The Benefits and Drawbacks of Immersion for Writers

Today’s guest post is by therapist Hayley Watkins.

Immersion is often a wonderful experience. It’s a particular state of mental involvement that many of us, as writers, find deeply comforting and satisfying, and it’s quite likely that it’s what draws you back again and again for more.

But like so many things, immersion is a double-edged sword. On the plus side it gives you the cocoon-like sense of protection from everything but the world you’ve created on paper. It’s also intense enough that when you withdraw from your writing you walk away feeling satisfied.

Both of these feelings offer big psychological benefits. After all, everybody needs to feel safe. When we feel safe, we feel ready to meet the demands life throws at us.

Satisfaction is the other side of that coin and can be described as a feeling of fulfilment of our desires or needs that we indulge in to avoid boredom or frustration. Safety protects (but may limit) us, while the pursuit of satisfaction stretches us. So far so good. Continue Reading…

How to Smash 4 Roadblocks That Prevent You from Writing

Today’s guest post is by author Todd Matthews.

Fear is instilled in us, and, for some, as we age our fear deepens. Perhaps we’re so used to fear as a companion, we know it better with each passing day, month, and year.

Some of us might be afraid of failing, so if we don’t try we can’t fail, right?

But if we don’t try, we can’t succeed.

Whatever the fear, remember success resides on the other side. Think of fear as a mountain climb. The higher you climb, the more you’ll conquer. Once you reach the peak, you’ve succeeded in your challenge, and a sense of elation will rush through you. You conquered fear and smashed another roadblock. Continue Reading…

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