If You Fail to Plan, You Are Planning to Fail

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The first posting of IWSG is upon us, and 2018 is shaping up to be a fabulous year! Benjamin Franklin’s sage words play right into the question Captain Ninja has posed for January: 

“What steps have you taken or plan to take to put a schedule in place for your writing and publishing?”

I love this question! As I have possibly mentioned before, I am the queen-clipart-word-small of the written goal plan. My father [gone now over 30 years] introduced me to the power of a written plan during some very challenging times in my teen years. I cultivated this habit and  credit the many successes I have achieved in life to my father’s wisdom and love. I have his original hardback copies of the Napoleon Hill and Dale Carnegie books in my library. And my favorite book on the subject is still Write it Down, Make it Happen, by Henriette Anne Klauser.

I am wrapping up a 2-year plan at the end of March, 2018, wherein I am transitioning to a full-time writing career. The first three months of this year will still be very busy writing-wise. My number one goal is to have an outline/synopsis finished [I am also the duchess of abandoned outlines and half-assed projects], ready to be expanded into a full length manuscript, beginning in April. To that end, I’m experimenting with the Snowflake Pro software. I’m finding it much, much easier to use than Scrivener’s.


I’ve made it clear to everyone that this transition is a career change and I will still be keeping regular working hours. I’m merely trading a business suit and power heels for yoga pants, comfy sweaters, and ballet flats! I’m drafting a new 3-year plan, which moves “writing” into the number 1 goal, replacing “transitioning to writing full-time” [mission {will be} accomplished!]

I expect some trial and error until I get into the rhythm of my new life. I’m looking forward to the wisdom, advice, and support of the IWSG community in this new phase of my writing career!

Many thanks to our awesome co-hosts for the January 3 posting:

Tyrean Martinson
Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor
Megan Morgan
Jennifer Lane
Rachna Chhabria

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16 Responses to If You Fail to Plan, You Are Planning to Fail

  1. It sounds like you are so on track! I wish you all the best with these plans. If anyone can accomplish them, you can. 🙂

  2. debscarey says:

    Wow! You surely are the Queen of planning. I want to be you when I grow up (metaphorically that is as I’m waaaaaay older than you in actual years!) You’re quite the inspiration! Oh & I lurve your resolutions too 😀

    • Lee says:

      Grown up? Pfffft! I want to go backwards, like Benjamin Button. It’s time to have some fun with this. As to resolutions, I was sure to make some that I know I can keep! 🙂

  3. emaginette says:

    Okay so you are diving into the deep end. Good luck and be very stubborn. Success is a one pen stroke away. 😉

    Anna from elements of emaginette

    • Lee says:

      I am, indeed, diving into the deep end. And not without a bit of trepidation – something about sinking or swimming comes to mind. But I am very stubborn and simply refuse to give up. I’ll just tread water, when necessary!

  4. You have a plan which is more than most people can say. Just keep planning and adjusting where necessary.

    • Lee says:

      Great advice Alex. I think flexibility is the key. Roadblocks and setbacks only derail us if we don’t find a way to detour around them.

  5. Thanks much for the book recommendation. As for your transition to full-time writer, I look forward to hearing more about that. I’m right there with ya’, Sister, finally treating my fiction writing as a full-time job–one that I love, thank goodness. Best of luck with your writing goals. May 2018 bring you clarity, peace, and lots of writing time.

    • Lee says:

      Write it Down has a lot to offer in all areas of life, but I especially find it helpful for writing. I hope you enjoy it! I have enjoyed reading your blog as you are already some miles ahead on this same journey I am about to embark upon. I’m looking forward to it!

  6. jenlanebooks says:

    Happy New Year, Lee! Love your little queen button. 😀 That’s so exciting to transition to full-time writing. Sounds like your planner brain has mapped it all out for you. May the muse continue to inspire you.

    • Lee says:

      My planner brain works overtime mapping things out. It needs to focus a bit more on staying on course. But I am very excited about finally writing full time – it has been a life long dream for me! Thanks for co-hosting today.

  7. I love this line –> “I am also the duchess of abandoned outlines and half-assed projects.” It cracked me up 🙂

    All the best with your career transition. Yoga pants sounds like much more comfortable work attire.

    • Lee says:

      Thanks Ellen. I am so looking forward to dressing all comfy and artsy (at least in my overactive imagination). I’m especially delighted that this is the last winter I’ll have to drag myself to the office in -10 degree weather.

  8. Gwen Gardner says:

    Congratulations on approaching your 2-year goal! You’re going to get a whole lot done now. I’m still using Word on my manuscripts, but Snowflake sounds interesting.

    Happy New Year!

    • Lee says:

      Thanks Gwen. It seemed like eternity, and now, it’s right around the corner. I’m still using Word, as I am new to Snowflake. The software has concept, the 3-act structure, synopsis, character lists and bios build right into it, so it doesn’t have to be created from scratch. So far, so good. I think there is a free trial available.

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