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The Author Planner A Workbook To Organize Your Writing Year: A Calendar Based Planner For Writers Paperback – September 18, 2016
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From the Author
When I finally accepted that "writer's write" and not just when the muse hit them, I realized that I had a lot of self-sabotaging going on that was masquerading as truths about what it meant to be a writer.
And then as I started peeling back the layers I realized I had three issues with writing: one was technical and based on craft and the actual process of telling a story. Another was crippling self-doubt and fear of actually putting my name on something and sticking it out there, and the final one was getting myself to actually do the work.
This book is not about the first issue. There are a lot of great books out there on craft and you can check out some of my recommendations in the back of the book. It is about the second two. Peeling back the layers to find out what is really blocking you as well as helping you set up goals to accomplish the work.
Will this book fix you? There is no such thing. But I do hope that it will get you moving in the right direction!
About the Author
Sherrie is a mama, writer, adventurer and teacher. Born and raised in Newfoundland, she presently claims Berlin, Germany as home, although she can be found just about anywhere on the planet at any given time. She writes about her motorcycle adventures, her dog's motorcycle adventures, sailing with a family (including the aforementioned dog), creativity and motherhood.
Her workbooks, courses and blog posts are not get rich and find ultimate happiness forever schemes. They are about how you can achieve your dreams and live a creative and meaningful life. Not overnight and not in the form of bliss forever. Productivity is not just managing the blocks to your time but looking at your responses to those blocks. She believes that working through your emotions, thoughts, and daily routines as well as challenging how you think and approach your life is how you have a life that is connected and true.
Top customer reviews
It's a nice size to keep at your writing station. Lots of pages, which is good for a writing YEAR. The beginning explains how to use it and in an attractively formatted set of pages asks you to delve into some questions to focus your writing goals. One illustrated page leaves a large box for your NUMBER ONE GOAL and then two smaller spaces for your secondary goals.
You get some blank pages to outline/map your "perfect" writing year and some pages for working out what to do to have that perfect writing year. We are still, clearly, in the prep work you should do before Jan 1 (or whenever your writing year starts).
Monthly Overview and Goals: Now you get into the section where you write goals related to the PROJECT, PERSONAL, and FINANCIAL for each month, with a full page calendar (Sun through Sat, no dates, you fill them in).
Individual Day's Pages: Here you start with the day's writing goals, the To Do list, where you wrote and time and thoughts on your writing, what you are grateful for and a place to log word count. You get 5 daily pages before you have a Weekly Check In page to log "successes" and "still open" and your "most important tasks" for the next week and how you'll "make next week better." For folks who work at writing more than 5 days a week, I guess you can copy one of the daily pages and fasten it to the weeks you did more than 5 days of work.
After the weeks for the months are flipped past, you'll find the MONTHLY CHECK-IN. You get to celebrate in one box, then another for what "is not working for me." Then a box to scribble what you want to focus on the next month. A page after that starts again with the NEW month's goals and etc.
At the back of the book, after the page allowing you to celebrate and review the year, you get a couple pages each for NOTES, for MARKETING IDEAS, STORY NOTES, TOPICS FOR EMAIL LIST, and OUTLINE IDEAS. Then some resources (books, podcasts). There's a space for your own wishlisted resources.
This is exactly what I wanted--a writing-focused, author-needs specific planner. Big, roomy, and attractively formatted.
If I use this diligently, I should end up very productive in 2017 and having lots to celebrate. My only suggestion is to make this spiral-bound so it can open nicely, flat, on one's desk.
If you want to planner that is more for the already professional writer to track expenses and various project--one more business-like--the Ultimate Author's Editorial Calendar and Writing Planner, also sold on Amazon www.amazon.com/gp/product/1523282916 would be more suitable. This one is more motivational and doesn't have business expense tracking. So, it depends on your needs.