How to record you Plan for Writing
Not all the things from your brainstorming session will make it into your Plan for Writing. Somethings you might want to note down for another year or perhaps you would like to make a 5 year plan as well. That’s great. Now you can get started writing it up!
When finalising your Plan for Writing, make sure that it is in your own handwriting. You need to be the one who writes it down, don’t type it up on the computer and print it off – Write it. It is important that you recognise your handwriting, can remember sitting down and taking the time to write it all out. It will feel more real, more yours.
Also, if the plan is written in your handwriting it will help you to remember that you made the plan! You wrote it! And fantastically, this means that you can change it when ever you need to. It is flexable for whenever you outgrow some goals and achieve others. One of my goals last year was to make $100 from writing freelance articles online. My first job paid me $130 for one article a few days later. I had to reassess that plan and realised I was thinking smaller than I should have been.
How you write it up will depend on where you want to keep it. Some people like to have it up on a wall where they can see it every day. While others like to keep their walls free for their story plots. I like to keep my plans in a big book. Where I can stick in images, articles and courses I have cut out: a scrap book where all my writing goals are written down.
Where to put it?
Public? – The most important thing I can tell you about where to put your Plan for Writing, is that you need to make sure that it is safe! This plan not only is your guide for the next year, but it contains goals and dreams that might still be vulnerable or romanticised. You need to take care of them and keep them safe from people who might not understand how important they are to you.
I have been to a lot of houses where people have put their plans up for all to see, such as in the bathroom, like this picture. I am not a big fan of this. It feels a bit too public and almost a little cheezey. I find these public places can often turn your goals and ambitions for writing into a fad or a phase. I find it best to keep your goals safe and secure. Don’t think your are hiding them away, but more protecting them from cynicism, judgement and other people’s fears.
I have already shown you where I like to keep my Plan for Writing. In a big book. I like this because not only can I write and stick and tear out things from the book. This is also the best option for traveling with your plans. My partner and I are still quite unsettled at the moment. We are house sitting, traveling Australia and have just made plans to head to Thailand for a few weeks. I want to be able to bring these books with me.
I also get a chance to see what my goals used to be. I get to look over what my plan was last year. I love seeing how far I have come.
Where have you put your Plan for Writing?
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