I’ve spent over 10 hours today planning. Thinking. Reading. Thinking. Planning. Plotting. Not writing.
Yes, I did my Morning Pages, yes, I planned out my next 10 writing projects. Then I did research, then did some more, then downloaded Scrivener, then found how-to guides, then read some more. Then faced self-doubt, and the eventual, “What does this all mean? Why am I doing all of this!.”
Just so you know, I am not only an aspiring writer, I am an aspiring PhD applicant, aspiring Fullbright applicant, in the process of finishing 2 journal articles (based on my master’s thesis), aspiring freelance writer, aspiring to maintain a regular blog, aspiring to help a local organization with setting up a blog, aspiring book author, aspiring business launcher (requires me to spend time blogging), aspiring family blogger (as a way to share how awesome my life is with my husband), aspiring recipes blogger (as a way to stay connected to family). <sigh>
This is in addition to my full-time job where I, pretty much, write.
My Personal Writing Goals
Short-term projects (focus on one thing daily)
- Monday – Work blogpost
- Tuesday – Move the needle on Journal Article
- Wednesday – Personal blogpost
- Thursday – Draft Essay
- Friday – Personal blogpost or guestpost
- Saturday – Send out a Query
- Sunday – Journal Article
- Finish my Fullbright Essay
- Know for sure why I want to get a PhD
- Have a list of 5 places that I want to go
- Have submitted 2 Journal Articles
- Have sent out 5 Queries
- Have committed to and delivered on at least 1 guestpost offer
- Blogging weekly @ work
- Blogging weekly for my own site
- Business Case Study for an online business
- Final essays for graduate school are done / get input by trusted critical advisors
- Final Fullbright Application is done / get input by trusted critical friends
- Send out 1 Query every week
- Blog a few times a week for work
- Blog nearly daily for either my own site or my husband + I’s site
- Weekly guestpost
- Spend a day and upload a ton of recipes on family site and get the blog going
- Spend two days and get business website going / get help from a WordPress genius
- Spend two days and get non-profit site going and in the hands of a maintainer / WordPress genius
- Blogging regularly – self, family, work, guest
- Can write every day – rain or shine – by getting up and delivering brilliant content
- Staying on top of writing projects
- have an online business
Part of me feels like I have too many writing projects…
- the professional stuff: I think it’s important for me to do it. I’ve put it off for 3 years thinking, nah, it’s not for me. I am not meant to put my own out there in the academic sphere, but each year I get new evidence and nudges that tell me otherwise.
- the work stuff: The knowledge economy is all about ideas. You achieve independence, garner the respect of clients, like-minded researchers, and others by sharing your ideas. Blogging well-written posts is one of the easiest ways to get better at sharing your ideas, one micro-idea at a time.
- family blog: I love the blog my husband and I have… we just update it from time to time when we take a nice trip or do a picnic or have a friend in town.
- personal blog: This blog is on my homepage, I just keep to talk about what I’m working on at work and outside of work volunteering, visiting exhibits, things I find interesting in my industry, or a response to something I read… This is the blog that got me going, but I am not sure I need it. Maybe I can just have a business-card website.
- the business site: this is a wellness company I want to start. Not sure how others do it. Do they wireframe a site, develop some content / write the posts, and hire a WordPress genius to make it happen?? This is something I really want to do… but I have been putting it off because of all of the above.
- the recipe site: my cousin and I had this idea to do a recipe posterous to share family recipes, and eventually make a book out of it. I started it, but haven’t posted in over a year. What are some easier ways to do this? Any tips? Maybe I should actually just call all of my family members one by one starting with my grandmother, ask them for their favorite recipe and a photo if they have it, and then put together an actual book.
Yes, I realize this is a lot. Any advice would be appreciated.