Listen: Writer, HP, Syra discussed on The Rookie Writer Show
"Today. We're going to be talking about balancing the big and small pictures in your writing life. We are at the cusp of the Star brand new decade. And it's tough for me to get my head around. I would say that it's Kinda snuck up on me. In fact I think the in the past I would have made a bigger deal about this benchmark It would've felt like a fortuitous start. I've always been a real big fan of stuff like that. I love New Year's resolutions lines and birthday check INS and the start of school years and even the starter semesters I'm a sucker for all those sorts of benchmarks and beginnings. I love that feeling of pulling back enough to examine my circumstances any upcoming decisions that I may be facing checking with. Your work is only useful. If you're chugging along in the direction action you actually want to go right so for a long time. I've had the dream of applying the kind of work I used to do for nonprofits things like facilitating strategic planning efforts. Parts to writing so I wanted to convert that process of things like strategic planning into a tool that would be useful for writers and so I started started with the things I knew about strategic planning for organizations and then I filled up an entire file cabinet and bookshelf with resources that it involves some aspect of strategic thinking for writers. It's how I started thinking of topics in terms of breaking it into the five W. H. Approach which as a reminder asks who are you as a writer what do you want to rate. When are you going to do that writing? Where are you going to do that? Writing and using what tools. Why are you inspired to do that? Specific type of writing what motivates in sustains you and how are you going to maintain your health and well being throughout the process us so eventually putting together a course and writing retreats to help walk people through this process but for now. Let me recommend someone else's efforts to help writers in much the same way. I've mentioned it before and here it comes again Syra. Cannon is my virtual mentor and experienced an accomplished writer. She's generous generous. And engaging as a writing coach even a virtual reading coach. She's not actually my reading coach her. HP Ninety system and her publishing thrive programs have both really helped me mentally as a bedrock of her system she advises quarterly planning and given my predilection for these sorts of events that I talked about the New Year's Eve birthdays and the beginnings of decades and things like that become a real. Dot Of this approach myself this quarterly. Planning it just gives me four times as many opportunities to do what I like to do anyway. So while it all sounds really dry and businesses quarterly planning and seemingly at odds with creativity. I've found the following benefits. Basically get four times. As many years eves as I used as to and a lot of ways I was always trying to create those opportunities to systematically check in with myself and the path that I'm taking quarterly planning just gives you those four chances to make sure you're still oh working on the things that matter and it also makes it so that you only have to worry about the stuff that you've decided to work on. This quarter knowing that other quarters will be coming with new projects. New things that you're going to focus on so it helps me. Keep my mind on the big picture of the general directions. I WANNA go but minds minds the smaller details of the things. I've signed to myself for this quarter so they don't spend my time worrying about my whole career every single day. If that makes any sense this quarterly planning also house else. We keep an eye on the details. My husband always says that we're a team because I'm good about getting Meta and thinking about if what we're doing is supportive of our dreams and goals and he's really great at keeping an and I on the details and day to day routines because that latter skill doesn't come as naturally to me. I find the quarterly. Planning is a useful and supportive tool to reinforce skills that I do have an only bolsters my attempts to pay attention to those daily day to day routines. I also get four times as many chances to check in with myself and celebrate what have accomplished over a three month period and so I have a tendency to think in terms of what I didn't do rather than in terms of what I did and I also have a tendency to think that I should be able to do everything right now in fact today in fact yesterday so patients isn't always one of my strong suits and it's one of the best things I can do for myself as to have these quarterly check INS. That remind me even though I didn't get everything anything I wanted to do. Done a lot of work done in areas that matter to me and I know that it's the things that matter to me because I took some time at the beginning of each quarter to stop and reflect act on where I wanted to go and what I thought I could reasonably get done over the next three months so in summary for balancing the big picture and the day to day details of your reading dating life. I heartily endorse the following strategies. I consider giving Syra cannons. HP Ninety Program. Look and see if that's something that can be helpful to you. She does these these boot camps. Every quarter can walk you through how she comes at this quarterly planning. If that's not something that's available to you than she does have a planner planner available on Nazi that includes as part of it. The quarterly program worksheets. That will walk you through a lot of that thinking. And that's how I started started. I loved it and then I ended up signing up for one of our BOOT camps. which once you do you have lifetime access to that course and the community that she meet there that are also going through it? So that's Kinda cool. 'cause more raiders. Whether or not you do Syra cannons. HP Ninety program do strongly encourage you to try out quarterly planning that basically involves at the beginning of every three months give yourself at the minimum and our and ideally a little longer to stop and think about what big things you hope to accomplish -CCOMPLISH over the next season basically. And how you think you're going to be able to do it like looking realistically at your time and the resources that you have to dedicate to it right now. Now give yourself doable goals for just that quarter and then think about the sorts of tasks that would be required to get you across that line. Then once you've done that Matt Make yourself a realistic list. Give that quarterly. Planning a try and then trust yourself throughout the throughout those three months to know that the person who thought through these things was probably thinking of the whole picture more than you might be in that day today. Situation the third thing I would suggest so. The first was considered trying out. Sarah's program program. The second is trying out quarterly. Planning whether or not it's with her and the third thing is try out different ways of tracking your day-to-day efforts. If you don't like super structured approaches she's no worries trial bullet journaling. There's a class by Lisa Khandan on creative live. Show walk you through one way to come at. It is a little less structured if you are more comfortable with a more structured method than there are a number of writing planners on Oetzi. I have a list of ones that I've tried out and then used to create my own version and I've listed those links are there. Some of the names are the HP ninety method which have already recommended the author monthly planner by espe planner the ultimate authorship shit planner by audrey principles and the ultimate business planner by my life plans. I took all of these and a couple of things and then some of the research that I mentioned before I put them all together. I reorganized things. I tried some things out. I tested it with some other writers. I made some revisions and the result. Zolt is I have the second edition of the rookie writer. Playbook which is a writers planner organizer and that's also available on the links on my website if you go directly to at sea it's under the ricky writer shop so give some of these tactics to try see if they can help you to keep an eye on the horizon and what's right in front of you in January. We're going to be looking at the editing process. This should be extra useful if you have a rough or maybe not so rough draft something. You've been working on for a while. I hope you'll come back until then happy writing people.."