Writing or Life – Do You Know What’s Around the Corner?

I always thought it would be wonderful to have such a well-constructed game plan that it would be easy to plan for the future because I would know what the future would likely bring. Silly me.

In life as well as in my writing & video course work I’ve learned that planning is more about setting my intention than it is about where I actually end up. Maybe the fault, dear reader, lies with my willingness to change direction so easily, or perhaps I lack a certain strength of will. Or maybe . . . we’re just meant to be flexible.

I’ve always loved having plans; before I went to England back in the day, I created a little notebook with every place that I wanted to see. I spent weeks working on the notebook so I wouldn’t miss a thing. Guess what? I forgot the notebook and while it sat happily at home, I traveled happily through the UK, loving every moment. So did my plans work out or did I set a good enough intention that I had fun in spite of my forgetfulness?

Which takes me to writing. If you’ve been a newsletter reader for quite some time you’ll remember that I took the month of September off last year to work on a cozy mystery. That plan didn’t work out the way I wanted. But it did open the door to some powerful ah-ha moments.

My Question for You

The question I want to ask you today is this: Is planning more about setting intention or more about making a plan and sticking to it, regardless?

Here’s why I ask. I recently launched The 15-Minute Writer online video course.  [See this post to get my discount coupon code to get the course for $10 instead of the regular $79]  The course has garnered a lot of attention, not to mention some fantastic reviews. And it also attracted something else: inquiries from two colleagues who now want me to create something with them as joint ventures, which I’m considering. And another request for me to write a guest post for a popular blog. None of these things was in my game plan.

So I’m left wondering: is planning about setting goals (intentions) or about life requiring flexibility? A question about which I’d really love to hear your thoughts.  Please comment below.

The 15-Minute Writer: The Secret to My Productivity

15 min

At last! I’ve finally created a course that shows how I manage to be so productive. And it’s NOT about time management. The 15-Minute Writer was created to show you how you can be a prolific writer, even if you only have 15 minutes at a time to work on your book, blog post, or any other writing-related task.

The course launched at $49 but this code will enable you to enroll for only $10. The course only takes a little more than 60 minutes to watch (it’s video) and at the end of that hour you should have a stockpile of ideas to use during tiny bits of free time.

Here’s the code: https://www.udemy.com/the-15-minute-writer/?couponCode=nhw

Let me know how you like the course – please leave a review if it works for you. And definitely tell me how you decided to use your tiny bits of free time!

Here is what I did last week that seemed to work well…

clock-blueThe beginning of last week was a little overwhelming with a bunch of non-writing things to do: the eye doctor for me, the vet for the cat, concern over my brother’s surgery, taking time to listen to a great webinar, and having a Skype chat with Dennis Smith, a fellow Udemy instructor. But between all of those things I actually managed to get a significant amount of work done. That’s because I’ve learned how to sandwich writing in-between other tasks.

I think when you have a real life, you just don’t have time to sit down and devote eight hours to writing. At least I don’t. So, I sandwich. Continue reading