I have a plan (30 days of blogging 2015)

Jun 08, 2015 by Michelle Denise Sodaro
"A goal without a plan is just a wish." Antoine de Saint-Exupery

When people tell me they have always wanted to write a book, I tell them "THAT IS GREAT!!! What's your game plan to get this done?" Then I get that blank stare like I asked them how to get to Sesame Street.

Before I finished Whatever you Make of It, I was completely all over the place with my writing. I didn't have a game plan at all. (Think Pheobe on Friends, "I don't even have a pl---"). I just wrote whatever I felt like and claimed that was my free spirit and no one could tame my spirit. I just wanted to write -- arms flying in the air, spinning around and around...this is why I have multiple first drafts sitting in my office.

Then I published my first novel and the skies opened up and the angels sang and I knew I needed to publish every book I had started. To do that -- I needed a game plan. I needed to be more effective than just the "devil may care, free, write whatever you want, whenever you want" world and I needed to have a set of deadlines and break projects down into achievable steps. I needed to approach novel writing the way I approached writing a paper for class. I needed a deadline (and I learned  very quickly that I needed to be public about my deadlines for accountability as I tend to change deadlines when it is only me holding myself to the date.)

I also, in addition to the deadline, have due dates for my First Draft, my Editing, and for my Revising. I stay motivated and focused and I make sure that I talk to people about my game plan (again, accountability).

My wish of being a best-selling author became a goal when I made solid plans...and with a solid plan there is no stopping me.