The Organised Author





I'm very pleased to host today Cindy Tomamichel, author of paranormal/time travel

romance and contemporary romance. Cindy has recently published The Organised Author, a

book to help authors with their platforms. 



The Organized Author

 

To Do list and Goal planning

A to do list can be many things. A handy list of things to do. An overwhelming list of things to do. A never-ending list of things to do! But stick with me – this is the only way to get things done fast, and not forget anything vital. Being organized means actually doing the things! But keeping it all in your head squeezes out important stuff like the colour of a secondary character’s eyes, and also makes it hard to delegate tasks to others.
Goals are the major effort for the year – not something you can knock over in a quiet weekend! Goals require persistent effort, and also a bit of a plan so you can achieve them. Examples of big goals for a writer might be:
Publish a novel
Expand your author platform
Work on your craft
So with such big goals, it is worth spending a bit of time and thinking through what you really want to achieve. What is a priority for you?

Planning - Sub goals

These break down your major goals into the key parts. Again, working on the golden number of three, look at your goals, and break them down into three parts.
Publish a novel
Finish the draft
Editing
Publish
Expand your platform
Assess your existing platform, and strengths and weaknesses
Develop a plan of action
Research marketing
Work on your craft
Join critique and beta reader groups
Look into recommended books
Look into courses

Planning – Tasks

This is the nitty gritty of to-do lists, and possibly where all your plans can go off the rails! For each of the sub goals, you need to figure out all the steps involved in achieving it. Each step should be achievable in a set time frame – a day, hours or even minutes. This way you can get a few ticked off even if your time has mysteriously disappeared! There is a good saying – “If you can do it in two minutes, do it now.” Having a range of small and large jobs means you can achieve more overall, just by having the list to remind you.
Of course, the beauty of tasks is that completing each one is making sure you are getting closer to your goals!
For each task, pick one from each sub goal, and transfer them to your monthly plan. You can add more, but only when the first lot are ticked off – this ensures you don’t just pick the easy ones, or the ones you like! It often helps to tackle the least enjoyable thing first, then you get a glow of accomplishment, and power on to other things, including rewards!
If some are critical to complete by a date, then mark them on the calendar. You can work backwards then, putting in a path to reach that target by that date.
When you have come up with your goals, take a break in a cafĂ© if you can, and write up your goals, being as specific as you can – and all the small tasks that will make your goal acheivable.
What will be your reward for finishing a job? In building a habit, you need the reward system, so build in some treats for yourself along the way. Books, special snacks, or even a brisk walk in a park will all be ways to reward yourself for getting something done.



About Cindy

Cindy Tomamichel is a multi-genre writer. Escape the everyday with the time travel action adventure series Druid’s Portal, science fiction and fantasy stories or tranquil scenes for relaxation. Discover worlds where the heroines don’t wait to be rescued, and the heroes earn that title the hard way.
Cindy Tomamichel is also the fiendish mind behind the empire of The Organized Author. She is bent on world domination ... hmm, sorry, did I say that out loud?  ... making life easier for authors by sharing tips that can streamline their author platform.
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