Happy New Year!
Like many of you, I am thrilled 2017 is here, because, to be honest, 2016 was hell (literally). I will share the reasons in another blog post later this month (along with some exciting news), but for now, I’m choosing to write about new beginnings and how to achieve everything you want this year.
I have some pet peeves, which, to name a few, include dirty dishes in the sink, certain way towels are folded, and the way my husband eats a cookie. In some areas of my life, I am an unorganized and messy person, but when it comes to calendar organization, it’s pretty damn near perfect. For the past two years, I’ve been a huge fan of the Passion Planner, but when my husband found the Make (Sh)it Happen calendar on Kickstarter, he knew I’d love it–and I do! Believe it or not, I’ve already planned the next couple of months. I’ve never really been one to plan so far in advance, but this calendar, which is filled with inspiring quotes, makes me want to create and finish goals! (Be sure to click on the link above to see how awesome it is, and HERE is a great video, too!)
This led me to wonder if, in my writing, I’m a panster or a planner. With each book, I have an idea in mind and try to put the whole book on paper, but after a few sentences, things just don’t work–not even using Scrivener helps. I’ve always wanted to be the kind of author who’s written a complete outline and is just able to write, write, write, so I’m prepping myself up for something I’ve never done. I’m challenging myself to outline chapter-by-chapter a full book, which I’ve already started doing. It’s going very well so far–but only because it’s on my calendar to outline, and guilt sets in when I don’t do it. 2017 will be all about seeing (I’m a very visual person), so if it’s on the calendar, then that task has to get accomplished that day (or by a due date). Right now, my goal is to have the outline completed by the 20th, look over everything that’s been written so far and change the beginning of the storyline, then start writing on February 1st…but we’ll see how things go. In the end, either way, no matter how’s it’s crafted, writers write, and that’s what I plan to do a lot of this year!
How do you write? Are you a panster or planner, or somewhere in the middle?