Last week I shared some takeaways from the first session of Chase Jarvis’ Creative Calling Bookclub – if you missed it then click here!
Week 2 was about focusing on the I.
- I – Imagine what you want
- D – Design a system to do it
- E – execute the plan
- A – Amplify
So Imagine what you want.
Then be creative and take it further – take it as far as it will go. Push the envelope. What does the want look like now?
As a writer my want might be to get book(s) published. I can push this further to, publish enough books to mean I can write full time. Plus, I want to publish a fiction book one year and a non-fiction book the next year.
Let’s keep being creative!
The fiction books I want to write will be a series and some stand alones. The non-fiction books I want to write will be sport based, focused on the teams I follow, spending a season with each. Other creative arts as well.
Let’s not worry about bestsellers but add in a podcast and still sharing writer’s knowledge to help others on the journey. I’m pretty keen on music as well – and art – so maybe the odd book or the podcast can cover these subjects?
Where does this all leave me?
I might not be a full time writer yet, but I can sure plan as if I was!
I can set out a three, five, or ten year plan – or all of them.
What books do I plan to write first? Fiction series – more chance of catching a book deal when there is the easy sell, several more similar to the one an editor/publisher might like. I want the fourth book I write to be non-fiction.
I’m going to develop a podcast alongside those first few books – writer’s craft and the other creative arts I’m interested in. Part of this development is to start talking with other creatives in these different fields. This is preparing the way for the non-fiction books.
All the time I’m developing and adding to the blog/website.
The timeline is the guide for me to get my butt in the seat researching and writing! It all might be completed slightly sooner or later. It almost doesn’t matter. I can adapt and adjust, so long as I keep researching and writing.
Whilst doing all of this I need to keep learning and take on board new stuff.
For this Chase Jarvis recommends the following – DEAR.
- D – Deconstruct
- E – Emulate
- A – Action
- R – Review
In all of the areas I have identified I need to Deconstruct – Look at the best in craft in the type of fiction and non-fiction I want to write. Listen to the best podcasts similar to what I want to produce.
Then I need to Emulate – I need to practice all of those good things I deconstructed from the best in the business.
I need to take Action – by analysing what I have produced and checking it against the guides and teachers from that original deconstructing.
Finally, Review – go back to the beginning and start all over again, with the new writers/podcasters who have risen to the top since I last looked.
Now it’s your turn!
What’s your 3 or 5 of 10 year plan?