Well, 2010 is nearly here, and I have been doing some planning. I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions, but I do think about what areas of my life I want to focus on during the year ahead. In the last couple of days, I’ve also written a Writing Action Plan, as suggested in Kelly L Stone‘s book on writing, Time to Write (the link for this doesn’t seem to want to work – check it out at http://www.kellylstone.com).
This is a plan that articulates my overall writing goal for 2010 (to get my manuscript to a publisher) and identifies the actions and timeframes needed to achieve it. I’m planning to keep track of my progress (or lack thereof) on a regular basis throughout the year and will adjust timeframes accordingly to ensure things are achievable but not too easy. I’m not much of a planner in life generally, so if I don’t get something down on paper, I’ll just drift along and things take twice as long as they need to.
My writing self is certainly a planner, and feels most comfortable knowing where I’m going. It’s funny how my writing self seems to operate in a totally different way from my life self. I wonder why that is? Perhaps my life self could do with a little planning too!