There is a vast gulf between the imagined perfection of a book, before it’s written, and the way it actually comes out.
It’s something every writer slams into. The issue is actually to do with transferring a sense of emotional fulfilment into the practical written word. It’s especially irritating if you’ve got a publishing deadline – one agreed with a publisher, or one you’ve created yourself to release a book.
There’s the writing, the revising, the proof-editing, the line-editing, the typesetting, the production process, the marketing plan the – aaaargh! You get the picture.
Planning is the bridge between the two – identifying what has to be done, setting out the dependencies, identifying the critical time-constraints, then systematically working through them.
To me, as a writer, planning pays dividends. The twist – which I’m sure I’m not the only one to have thought up – is that this works to any scale. Not just the big-ticket project of a book, but even figuring out how a writing session is going to proceed, before plunging into it.
It also works for time management.
It means I can figure out when and how I’m going to deal with correspondence, social networking, revisions, editing, the writing itself, and so on.
At that level, fifteen minutes sorting out what has to be done that day can save hours of floundering later.
Even ten minutes, actually. Time well spent. I find it’s handy. Do you?
Copyright © Matthew Wright 2015