“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
― Theodore Roosevelt
I’ve heard various writers say that you need a five year plan. Seriously?
When I make a plan, I make a plan worthy of a military commander. Its one of those delightful traits I get from my father who would schedule our long-distance drive from St. Louis, Missouri to Alpine, Texas down to the minute. I kid you not. There is no way that I can make an accurate five year plan. There are just too many variables.
“No, no, no,” I hear you saying. “That’s not necessary. You just need to know where you want to be in five years. Do you still want to be writing how-tos or do you want to be writing books.”
Silly! That’s not a plan. That’s just knowing what I want. ::insert enormous eye roll::
Do you know where you want to be in five years? What steps have you already taken this year to get there? What can you do in the 6+ months that remain?
I would like to have a book out (who wouldn’t?) but can’t really set that as a goal. After all, I can’t make someone buy a book, but I can put my work out there.
That means I need to get some of these book manuscripts into circulation. I’d like to have 6 circulating by year’s end. I have two that are 100% ready to go out. I have to create a series proposal to accompany a third. I have another that may be ready — I haven’t looked at it in a while and want to read through it. And I have two more that just need a bit more work.
If I count right, that’s 6 book manuscripts. No, I probably won’t get it done in the next few weeks. Something about my son being off school. Right now I’m meeting deadlines and getting ready for a retreat this fall. But I’ll start submitting when he goes back to school.
Do you have a larger goal that you’re working towards?