I love this new notebook I got from Two Hands Paperie. I chose the dot grid paper for the interior. I think I will use this for my daily writing in October. Who wants to write with me daily? Join The Devoted Writer here.
Organizing the contents of a book is a challenge! I seek to make The Busy Woman’s Guide to Writing a World-Changing Book super useful. I hate to waste people’s time, so I want to make sure everything I’m including is necessary and useful. Cutting up the chapter titles and moving them around is helping sort things out. Patience at the point is required!
It’s that back-to-school feeling where I get the urge to settle in with books and notebooks and plans. The lifelong learner in me loves to engage with a project or course of study.
What are you studying? What is your creative focus for autumn?
Say you are starting back at school now, and you want to end the year feeling like a creative champ. What would you focus on for the final quarter of the year? Choose one or two projects that are important to you.
I am focusing on the next draft of my book, The Busy Woman’s Guide to Writing a World-Changing Book. My secondary focus is developing programs to celebrate my 20-year anniversary next year. I can’t wait!
Steve and I are going to upstate New York for Christmas. It’s always been my dream to be on a tropical island, far away from Christmas. I’ll take this! My plan is to have the book completely done and to the designers.
I know it’s early to be thinking about Christmas. (Crikey!) But I am still in long-term planning mode. I have a full and exciting fall planned, so Christmas dreams are my carrot.
For me, it feels good to have this kind of focus. Just two major projects alongside The Devoted Writer and my coaching work. That seems doable. There are other projects begging for my attention, but I am able to keep them at bay when I know what I want to feel most satisfied about when I get on the plane on December 26th.
Make your own creative focus for the fall, keeping it to two major projects at most. See how it feels to enjoy this focus!
If writing is part of your fall focus, consider joining me and other writers in The Devoted Writer. This class helps you set up a writing practice that makes your heart sing. Join us in October to write your heart out. Get your spot now and start warming up your writing fingers!
I’m writing another book! It’s a book about writing books (so meta!).
The working title is The Busy Woman’s Guide to Writing a World-Changing Book. This has been outlined and partially drafted and sitting in my Evernote files for years.
It feels so good to get this project off the way back burner and onto my current work flow. It feels good to put all the things I have been sharing with clients and teaching in classes into a form that so many more people can access. To me, this is a legacy project that will live beyond me and hopefully – as the title suggests – change the world.
Many of my clients are at the place where it’s time to do their legacy work. They’ve become experts in their field, and the time is ripe to extend their knowledge to a greater audience.
It’s not always easy to add a legacy project to our docket. But it’s ultimately worth it.
I know myself – I am most fulfilled and happy when I have a big project to work on. Last year I wrote Visit Paris Like an Artist and it was such fun to bring the ideas inside me out to the world.
I am using the Atelier to stay on track (I’m easily distracted by new projects). In February I will be doing 15 minute daily writing bursts to make even more progress.
What about you? What legacy project are you bringing out of the closet, dusting off and engaging with? If it’s a writing project, you might want to join us to write every day in February.
The Devoted Writer helps writers of all genres and levels get their words out with ease. And there are always a lot of non-writers in my classes, too. Everyone has to write, and this is the perfect way to finally get butt-in-chair time.
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