The First Thing You Should Do Before Writing

The number one as a polished golden object with clipping path

Ever so often I like to take a refresher course in re-employment and cover letter writing. In this free informational class, one of the key notes the instructor insist on before we seek employment for a job is, we should make a plan. The plan should consist of what type of job we want, how we should construct our resume to suit the jobs qualification, researching the correct address of jobsite, as well as, who we send it to and other tips. I immediately thought to myself; the same goes for writing a book or blog.

When an idea for a story or blog pops into our head, the first step we usually take is jumping in and writing. We know our main character and the reason for our book (or maybe not,) but what happens when:

  • You’re up to chapter 25 and you change one of the character’s name? Or,
  • The doorbell rings one day and it’s your long lost cousin coming to pay you a visit and you put your writing down—for three months.
  • Ever thought you could forget the entire point of your story or blog?
Plan concept

Plan concept

That is why the first thing you should do before starting is have a plan of action. A plan will keep you on track to finishing the book or continuous blogs. Your goal is to publish your book or blog and a plan of action will help tremendously.

Oh My, Would You Look at the Time!

Use your time wisely. A plan will mainly be used to set up a schedule of the things you have to do in order to get the book completed or blogs continually posted. It helps alleviate the stress and confusing of what you are going to do next and the action you have to take in order to accomplish this. The first action you want to take is to sit down and schedule the days and time you are going to write/ blog. After, you schedule what you are going to write about.

What This All Looks Like

One of the things that helps my clients with creating a writing or blogging schedule is, it keeps them on track. Having a schedule is essential especially for those times when you don’t know what to write or blog about. It helps keep you on track and most blog host sites allow you to schedule when you want your blog to post. This way you can prewrite a blog and spend more time on writing your book.

Here’s something you can imitate:

April 4            Write a 52-week list of topics for blog (two per week.)

April 6            Create an outline for book- who are my characters, what do they look like, what
struggles do they have, where do they live……

April 8            Write first blog and schedule to post April 11 (check response April 12th & 13th)….

Make sure your plan of action is on a calendar you use regularly. I suggest using a separate calendar. If you are going to use your usual calendar, make sure you use a different color pen or bar color on your electronic device for your writing/blogging schedule.

With a plan of action, you can stick to your goal of getting your book published. Continuing the routine where you write, edit, schedule to post twice a week will, eventually become a routine. They may come a point when you feel something is out of alignment if you skip a step or day.  Remember, that is a good feeling to have. It will motivate you to stay with your plan.

What is/was your first plan of action when writing your story/blog?

If you need help setting up a plan of action for your writing/blogging journey I can help. Contact me and mention the code PLAN from today until December 2, 2016, for 10% off the introductory price of my PLAN OF ACTION package.

Learn how to create a blog in my upcoming eBook Teach Me to Blog-But, Do it Quickly.

 

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About Aliefwrites

Alison enjoys writing about topics that can inspire and help others in their journey of becoming a writer or blogger. She is an editor, proofreader, writer, and graphic designer. She loves crafts and planning big event parties and is in the process of writing her sci-fi trilogy The Elements.
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