2020 Plans | #15

In this week’s episode of Inside the Writer's Soul podcast, I’ll share my 2020 writing and business plans for the year. You'll also learn:

  • How you can win free access to my upcoming Organize Your Overwhelm course, along with other tools for authors that are launching this year to help you
  • All my ambitious writing plans
  • How to avoid comparisonitis
  • How to avoid failing at projects and goals you start

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[00:00:00] Today, I'm listing out my plans for 2020. This could be a massive mistake, but those are usually the ones I learn the most from so I'm going to do it anyway. If you want to hear my plans, including some projects that may help you this year, then please keep listening.

[00:00:14] You may write alone, but you are not alone. Inside the Writer's Soul focuses on how personal experiences can inform your writing and help you speak from the soul to really connect with readers and other authors as well. Your writer's soul doesn't need to take the writing and publishing journey alone. Join me, your host M. Khan, and let's move forward together.

[00:00:38] Hello and welcome! 2020 is here. Happy New Year! I am so excited about this year for so many reasons, but I do have some very ambitious projects that I want to work on. Deciding what to work on for any given year can be stressful, but it doesn't have to be. Because of the health issues I faced in the last several years, I've learned to take things a week or even a day at a time, but that doesn't mean I don't set an overall goal and projects for the year.

[00:01:06] I still have a lot up in the air for this year: a family member may need surgery, I'm still working on my own health issues, for example, and there are always other unexpected things that are more challenging to plan for. Today, I want to take a few minutes to state everything I plan to do this year. This could be a mistake as so often projects and plans change. But I'll check in throughout the year to let you know how I'm progressing and how I'm changing things up. For those who wonder how I plan with chronic health issues or just how to plan using my method, I'll be sharing those through my upcoming online course "Organize Your Overwhelm" where I'll teach you how to manage everything in your everyday from books you're writing to bills to everything in-between. I'll be giving you a chance to win a spot in the course for free, so be sure to sign up for my newsletter if you want to hear the details. I'll also be sharing some of the course content right here on this podcast through several upcoming episodes, and this is great for those of you who are interested in just a basic version of the course, just to get started with my goal setting and project management system. If you want to get started with some of the concepts I teach in the course now, you can access those through my free writing challenge "How to Write Faster in 14 Days", which you'll get access to once you sign up for my newsletter, the link is in the description.

[00:02:23] In addition to the course, there will be writing, I'm planning to publish at least two books under my pen name, but I'll likely write three more than those. Three will get edited and published over this year and the next, and I'm working on getting print in audio versions of my existing books up this year, too, then there are short stories. And work under my own name. I'm working on a fantasy series and I'm still in the worldbuilding phase. So my goal is to wrap that up and maybe even start writing it this year. I also have an idea for a story featuring Muslim characters that I may start writing, too. But my writing priorities are for my pen name and working on worldbuilding of my fantasy series.

[00:03:03] I'm also going to be launching coaching for authors this year. If you need help guiding you on the journey to self publication then look no further. I have coached authors in the past and loved it and I'm excited to get back into it again. I'll also be working on my online shop, which sells digital products and physical goods like mugs, T-shirts, and more for authors and readers. I'm creating a planner geared just towards authors that incorporates my goal setting and project management system, and all course students will get this for free, but I'll have it up in my shop as a digital download you can print yourself, too.

[00:03:38] Besides the personal work I'm going to continue doing on my mindset, debt pay off, and getting healthy, I'll also be working to grow our community. I've wanted to create an inclusive community for authors for such a long time and the podcast and blog were just the first steps in that journey. If you're interested in joining us, you can do so through our podcast, Facebook group or via comments on the blog. I'd love to hear from everybody. Even if you don't feel comfortable posting publicly, you can always reach out to me via email as well.

[00:04:08] This will be a very challenging year for me and I think I've already decided to change my word of the year from commit to something else. But that's okay. Life is about change and learning to manage and adapt to those changes. So I'll talk about that in another episode later on.

[00:04:25] Now you may hear all the things I've just listed and feel like you aren't doing enough. Or maybe you're doing too much. Just take a deep breath and stop the comparisonitis you might feel. There is no right or wrong amount of work to do each year. You need to decide what the right amount is for you. It can be hard because you might see someone more successful than you and you want their level of success. The thing to remember is that you will reach their level of success, but it will take time. It's hard to be patient and I have no patience either, but it will come. My decade in review taught me that. I started at zero books and zero support to publishing over 20 books and having a core group of people who want me to succeed on my terms.

[00:05:09] If you have a goal or projects for this year, make sure you have defined success for each of those. The number one reason you may fail is because you never properly define success in the first place. For example, don't just say "I'll finish a book". Say "I'll finish writing a 50,000 word book by July 1st, edit it by September 1st, and send out five query letters by December 31st". Or maybe you'll self-publish it instead, but be clear on what you want and how success is defined for you.

[00:05:41] Now I want to hear from you. What are you planning to do this year and how are you defining success for those projects? Head to the blog or join our Facebook community to let me know. The links in the description. I'd also be very grateful if you could leave a review for this podcast wherever you like to listen. Thank you.

[00:05:59] Thank you for listening to this episode. Check out the show notes for links to my blog and our community where you can get involved in the discussion and support others. While you're there, don't forget to sign up for my newsletter to get to free and powerful tools to help you. One: access to my growing library of free resources for authors; and Two: you'll also get access to my exclusive writing challenge "How to Write Faster in 14 Days" where I share all my tips and techniques that helped me finish over 20 works in five years. Check out the show notes for all the links and thanks again for being part of this community.

M. Khan

M. Khan has authored over 20 novels/novellas/short stories under a pen name, and is now working on a fantasy series under her own name. She teaches others how to plan holistically to get all the things done, and provides guidance and coaching to fellow authors.
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