Well…I’m sorry, guys. I thought for sure I had a post written and scheduled for last Wednesday. I must have been half asleep or something. Maybe I dreamed it–I tend to do that a lot, dream that I did something only to find out that in real life, I didn’t.
Huh. OK, on to the post!
I think I’ve blogged about this before, but it bears re-discussing.
As much as we authors work on our craft and hone the art of piecing words together into a coherent story, there seems to be one thing we forget–writing is also a business. At least, it is if you want to be doing it 10+ years from now and actually making some money from it.
Early this year, after reading some books on the business/self-publishing side of writing, I was inspired to make a 5-year and 10-year plan. How did that hold up?
Not well. I didn’t anticipate how busy we’d be this summer, nor did I guess we’d be traveling down to Missouri twice in 5 weeks for important sibling weddings. I think, between everything we’ve had going on this year, I haven’t had an entire month at home since May…and won’t until February at least.
But even though it didn’t work out to get everything done that I wanted to get done this year, I’m still encouraged. I can re-do my plans and re-evaluate my goals. That’s what this time of year is for anyway, right? And now that I’m getting used to thinking long-term, and have spent an entire year seeing what did and didn’t work, I think I might be better prepared to make plans that can (sort of) stick this next year.
If nothing else, writing down plans and goals helps me keep track of what I have to do, and what’s going on. I have something to work toward. The pitfall of thinking long-term is that, sometimes, I start wishing I was there now–there being that nebulous, grass-is-greener land of multiple books published, maybe a movie deal, maybe a best-seller, who knows? (Hey–I never said my 10-year plan was totally realistic.) 😉
I also have to remember that the plans are not set in stone–I can adjust them as needed, changing as new life circumstances or personal goals change.
But keeping lists and plans also helps me stay grounded in what needs to happen now. I can see myself working toward my goals, rather than just feeling like I’m running in a hamster wheel. I can tick something off a list and know that I just did as much as I could to work toward my goals.
How about you? Do you think long-term, or keep goals to hit in your writing?