Do you lack structure in your writing life? Yeah, we’ve pretty much all been there. You want to write a book, so you start, but then after a while life happens and you realize you never really finished.
There are TONNES of ways to beat this issue (here are some):
But I wanted to talk about using the rule of 3 real quick because it’s freaking easy and fun to use. Try it now…you can download my worksheet for it by signing up below and going to my Writers Vault…or just grab a pen and paper.
What is Your Writing Goal?
Do you want to get published? Write the first draft? Edit a 4th? Whatever it is, write that down.
What steps Will it Take?
Break this goal down into all of the steps it will take.
Sometimes when you do this you will realize that you actually don’t know HOW to complete a certain step. For example…I have to edit out passive voice, but wait how do I do that? Well, then the step before this would be: research and learn about passive voice.
So let’s take a look at an example:
Write my first draft
- Plot Story
- Do this by reading books, visualizing, downloading the Find Your Next Story Workbook (cough)
- Loosley plot the idea
- Break the idea into chapters
- Break this into scenes
- Work out my characters
- Learn about my characters
2. Write Chapter 1
- Where do I write it? Research programmes and pick one
- Write scene 1…How do I write scenes? Research scenes
- Write scene 1
- Write scene 2, 3, 4
3. Write Chapter 2
And so on and so on.
When you break down your plans like this you can REALLY see where the issues might pop up. Getting really clear on everything will give you the perfect roadmap to beat out procrastination and self-doubt.
Choose A Major Goal for the Week
Pick what you want to complete in a week based on how busy your week will be. In the example above this could be, plot story.
Break Major Writing Goal into 3 Steps
Every morning when you wake up, think out how you will achieve your weekly goal and pick 3 things to achieve by the end of the day.
For example, if you’re trying to plot your story, your step one for that is: find an idea. So today you could read a book that inspires you, visualize, and fill out a workbook.
The great thing about this method is you know you are moving forward with your goal every day WITHOUT overwhelming yourself by trying to do everything at once. You get the satisfaction of completing something and moving forward, without the disappointment that it’s not ‘done yet’.
This method is fairly well known in business/productivity circles but it’s an amazing tool to use in your writing life.
If you feel inspired, why not let me know your three goals for today?