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Revisiting Your Strategic Plan

Since we are now done with Shoot Your Novel, and I’m gearing up to present another full year of instruction for novelists, I thought I’d take some time in these last open blog spots to talk about writing goals.

Last year at this time, I shared a number of posts with you on strategic planning for writers. Now that the year 2013 is ending, I thought it would be good to revisit some of the key points from those posts to get you thinking a bit about 2014, to help you set some writing goals that you can aspire to. Continue Reading…

Finding Your Tactical Plan

On this last day of 2012, I’m wrapping up the month-long look at strategic planning for writers. With thanks to author and writing instructor Randy Ingermanson, I’ve been going over the four basic elements writers need to consider to put together a real plan that is practical, efficient, and useful. These four elements are vision, strategy, tactics, and action. I’ve covered the first two a bit, and discussed how to come up with milestones to place along your journey to reach your vision.

Now we’re going to look at tactics and action. My hope is that by going over these posts and writing out your strategy, you’ll get a clear vision for what you’d like your writing career to look like by the end of next year, as well as what you’d like to accomplish. By breaking down your dream into bite-sized pieces, you can really manage it! Continue Reading…

Defining Milestones for Your Writing Strategy

For the last few weeks I’ve been delving into creating a practical, realistic strategic goal for your writing career. What this really comprises is many small milestones leading to perhaps many writing goals. I touched on the first  two of four components needed in formulation your strategic goal for one or more years, and those are vision and strategy. Next week I’ll wrap up with tactics and action.

We looked at how important it is to set up milestones or mile markers by working backward from your vision of where you see your writing career by the end of 2013. With each specific goal you hope to reach, you want to come up with specific milestones that are doable in a certain amount of time. Working backward is the best way to do this. Continue Reading…

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