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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…

5 Top Posts of 2016 to Get You Geared Up for Success

I don’t know about you, but somehow I lost about six months. Last time I checked, it was June or July. Now we’re facing down 2017. Yikes!

Did the time get away from you too?

I’ve been thinking hard about what topics to delve into on Live Write Thrive next year. I launched this blog in January of 2012, and in five years I’ve covered a gazillion topics. But certain topics keep rising to the surface of readers’ comments and responses to my question: What do you need? What information will help you become the writer you want to be and see the success you dream of?

I would love it if you shared in the comments just what you are struggling with and what would help you in your writing journey.

I created a survey earlier this year, and I’ve had hundreds of responses (I still haven’t gotten through them all!). But I saw some concerns repeated by many, and I’ll be addressing those both on my blog and in my newsletter blasts in 2017. One topic in particular I’m excited to expound on is productivity.

Which brings me back to this concept of lost time. I believe we all struggle with time management. Maybe time is speeding up and we just don’t know it. But whether it is or not, life is faster paced than it was even five years ago, we have more demands on our time than ever, and we are more distracted than ever (mostly because of the tech that is practically attached to our umbilical cords). Continue Reading…

Tips for Strategizing Your Writing Career

For Throwback Thursday, we’re looking at excerpts from past posts on Live Write Thrive. Today’s post is from The “Strategy” in Strategic Planning for Writers:

Once you have a vision for your writing career, it’s not all that hard to create a strategy to reach it.

But you want to be realistic when it comes to meeting your goals.

Let’s say you wrote down that by the end of the year you want to have self-published three novels as ebooks. Now, the benchmarks you need in order to reach that goal have to be practical. If you haven’t even started writing any of those three books, do you really believe you can have three done, edited, polished, formatted with cover design, and uploaded all in those twelve months? Continue Reading…

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