"A goal without a plan is just a wish."
As a writer, chances are you've got a pretty long list of writing resolutions. You want to write a novel, a collection of short stories, a memoir, a script, a blog, a newsletter, etc. But how do you turn those wishes into reality? Make a plan and stick to it. Get out of your comfort zone and this year, follow through with the plan. For me, this starts with a decent planner.
Think of your daily planner as your personal writing coach. It's the one thing that will keep you accountable, motivated, and on track to achieving your writing goals. With a daily planner, you can set specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART) goals, and then break them down into smaller, manageable tasks. I like to do 30, 60, and 90 day goals or milestones.
"The most important thing is to write, to create. Whatever you want to do, do it now. There are only so many tomorrows." - Michael Landon
For example, let's say your goal is to write a novel. You can break that down into smaller tasks such as:
Each day, you can check off the tasks you've completed, and make note of any challenges you faced or successes you had. This will not only help you stay organized, but it will also give you a sense of accomplishment and motivation to keep going.
"I write entirely to find out what I'm thinking, what I'm looking at, what I see and what it means." - Joan Didion
A daily planner will also help you prioritize your time. As a writer, it can be easy to get caught up in the endless distractions of life, whether it's social media, email, or just staring out the window. With a daily planner, you can set aside specific blocks of time for writing, and then stick to them.
"The scariest moment is always just before you start." - Stephen King
One of the best things about a daily planner is that it can help you overcome writer's block. By breaking down your writing goals into smaller tasks, you'll always have something to work on, and you'll never have to face the blank page again.
In conclusion, a daily planner is an essential tool for writers, helping them to set and achieve their writing goals. With a daily planner, you'll be able to turn your resolutions into reality, one tiny step at a time. So, grab your daily planner today and get writing!
Here's the planner I'm currently using.
Writer of screenplays, fiction novels, inspirational stories, and short stories.