I find that my best writing is done when I have a solid topic already mapped out. Once I have a framework in place, it's easy for me to fill in the details of each point. Without that map, I stare at my screen and struggle. The words I scrape together are not free-flowing but choppy.
However, when I sketch out my ideas so I know where my train of thought is to go, I can easily get them down on paper (or screen), as one idea flows seamlessly into the next.
This is how it is when you make goals for your writing as well. You know what direction you're headed in when you map out a plan. That doesn't necessarily mean you need to know ahead of time everything you're going to write. It simply means you have an idea of where you want your writing to take you and what you need to do to get there.
You'll know what you're going to do next and it helps you prioritize your projects accordingly.
Without a plan your writing schedule will be choppy--your posting schedule on your blog will be choppy and that lack of consistency will cost you readers and growth, in all areas.
If you are hoping to publish a book someday (and it's not as far out of reach as you may think), what steps would you need to start working toward that goal?
If you simply want to start a blog or expand your blogs reach, what would you do to get there? If you don't know the steps, the first thing you might want to do, is a little research.
What do you need to grow a successful blog or become a successful writer? How do you define "success"? It may look different then the next person, but this is an important step if you want to set goals and steps to reach them.
Here are my goals for this year:
- expand my reach by reaching further in
- map out topics by month and week
- focus on the needs of my current community
- launch my first eBook (Feb. 11th!)
- write my second eBook (a freebie for Joyful Mothering subscribers)
- map out my 3rd and 4th eBooks (already have solid ideas for them)
- work on writing my 3rd and 4th eBooks
- learn through reading and from others along the way