I wanted to post on this blog yesterday, but too much happened.
I broke my toilet and had to have a new toilet installed, and it was my birthday. Written like that it doesn’t seem like a lot but it was.
I finally figured out why I am not where I want to be in my author career. It’s because I’ve been trying to follow the plans of others to create my success. And if there’s one thing I’ve learned about success, it’s that everybody’s path to success is different.
This is as true for artists as it is for entrepreneurs. So it’s no wonder that everything that I have tried up until this point hasn’t worked, because I focused so much on working someone else’s plan that I didn’t develop my own.
I’ve rectified that. I have a rough plan of my own that I’m going to follow. This plan will change as circumstances develop, but it’s a plan that I designed for myself given my experience over the last three years.
My Rough Plan
I plan to publish my first novel on September 14 and a novel every month after that. I know that seems ambitious to some of my readers, especially considering that I have yet to finish a novel. But it’s very doable.
LET’S DO SOME MATH
First of all, I’m assuming I work 22 days a month on my writing eight hours a day. This allows me to take weekends off, and it also allows for leeway if I decide not to take weekends off. I’m also assuming an eight hour workday when I know I can work 10.
In all my previous plans, I’ve never given myself breathing room the problem with that is that mentally I’m always stressed because I always feel like I’m behind.
22 x 8 = 176 hours
My production process will go like this: 100 hours to produce my first draft of this months novel. Then I give it to my first reader, and my cover designer. So, producing my first draft will take me two weeks. That will give my first reader two weeks to read and return my novel, and while my first reader is reading it my cover designer can create a cover for me to use.
I told some people I’d be posting here on a weekly basis. I don’t think that’s going to happen. I don’t do well trying to write in public. Some authors have been very successful at it (Harlan Ellison springs to mind) but honestly it’s just not for me. So, I’ll post here when I have something to post about the progress of my work, but I won’t be posting on a regular basis, because it hinders my creative process.
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