Leo Tolstoy was considered one of the greatest authors of all time. His works include War and Peace and Anna Karenina. Tolstoy is quoted as saying, “Spring is a time of planning and projects.” Today is the first day of Spring 2017 – what projects are you planning to complete by the end of the year?
At Build an Author Platform, we have many projects planned for 2017. Over the next few months, we hope to publish a series of short courses to help authors build their platforms. Those courses will focus primarily on how to effectively use specific social media tools to build an author platform. (You can find the list of our planned courses on our Launch Your Writing Career post.)
Another one of the 2017 plans we have at Build and Author Platform is the addition of more books/eBooks to our Motivation for Writers series, launch our podcast, and, of course, continue to provide useful, relevant blog and social media content to our readers and followers.
Finally, it is our goal to launch an exclusive member area to provide even more help to authors as they strive to build their platforms.
That’s a big list of projects we’re planning!
Sometimes planning and completing projects can be challenging or even difficult. Life gets in the way. Priorities shift. Urgent tasks overtake important ones. We get sidetracked. The list goes on.
Here are some tips to help you plan your projects and reach those goals you have for the year:
- Set realistic goals. It’s hard to reach the moon without a rocket ship, so as you enter the time of planning and projects, be realistic in what you have the time, talent, resources, and energy to accomplish.
- Break down your goals into actionable tasks. A large project, such as writing a novel, can seem daunting. Yet, when you break it down into specific, actionable tasks – character creation, setting research, plot outline, sketching scenes, setting a daily word count – the project becomes doable.
- Use a Project Management System. You may be thinking, “Project Management System? Isn’t that a little overkill for a writer?” Maybe not. If you’re like most writers, you not only have your major writing projects in work, you likely have a blog, plus you’re working to build your author platform and market your books. It can be a lot to keep up with! The Build an Author Platform team uses a great project management system called Nozbe. There’s a free 30-day trial period (no credit card required), and after that, it’s just a few dollars per month.
- Reward your progress. Celebrate your milestones! Having even a simple reward to look forward to (such as spending 30 minutes reading a novel when you’ve reached your daily word count goal) can motivate you to stay on target toward your goals. And when you reach a major goal – selling your first 1000 books, completing your novel, etc. – plan a bigger reward.
How about you? What exciting projects are on your plans for the remainder of the year? Share your plans and projects in the comments area. We’d love to hear what you’re working on so we can encourage each other along the journey, and hopefully, we can attain the same success as great authors like Leo Tolstoy achieved.
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