When I recording the Patreon podcast last week, I mentioned that I really tend to throw myself full-time force into an idea, and then it tends to fizzle out after a couple weeks. I do this with new writing ideas too. I’ll write like crazy for a week, and then suddenly the story fizzles out on me. I have entire notebooks of these stories.
I’m starting to think about where I want my writing to go, how I want my business to progress. I spent two years doing nothing and it shows. Now that I’m picking up the pieces, I have all these ideas of where I want to go with it, and what I want to do.
The biggest thing I want to do is diversify. I can’t afford to produce audio books, so that’s on the back burner. The initial cost is just too much. A new genre sounds fun, or maybe trying traditional publishing to get into the paperback market more.
I think the big thing I need to do before I start making new decisions is sit down and write out a new Five Year Plan. I’d talked about that on my old blog, before I nuked the whole thing. A Five Year Plan is a living document about your business, about your life, about where you want to be in Five Years, that outlines how you’re going to get there. I think it’s time to sit down and redo it, and figure out exactly how my business is going to fit in my current life, which is quite different than what it was when I first created my Five Year plan in 2014.
Not achieving that plan makes me feel like a failure, but I know that’s not it. Things change, life changes us. That’s why it’s a living document, a plan that grows and changes as you do.
So this coming week, I’ll be working on that plan. Who knows? Maybe I’ll surprise myself.