The Ultimate GirlBoss Collection

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The first resource of The Ultimate GirlBoss Collection is now live!

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Writing a business plan can be overwhelming and confusing.  This workbook is designed to take you by the hand and guide you through the process in simple steps – and the result will be a professional ‘Ultimate GirlBoss’ business plan.

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If you have any questions, please feel free to ask away in the comments below, or drop me an email at jenni-ryan@outlook,com with ‘Business Plan’ as the subject.

 

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7 Quick Tips for Achieving your Writing Goals

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In my previous post on Planning, I showed you how I use my Filofax planner to plan my goals.  However, knowing what your goals are and actually achieving them are two very different things.  Here’s 7 quick tips to help you achieve your writing goals:

Set Goals

What do you want to achieve this year?  Write it down and then break it down into smaller tasks.  If your goal is to complete your novel by the end of the year, work out what your word count needs to be every day, week and month.  Write these deadlines down into your planner.  Factor in time for editing, beta-reading and add an extra 10% for when life gets in the way.

 

Be Committed

Dedicate yourself to your goals.  See yourself achieving your goals.  Don’t leave anything to chance.  Make steps towards your goals every day, no matter how small.

Stay Motivated

Find out what motivates you and do it often.  Don’t wait for the muse to turn up – drag him to your writing space every day, kicking and screaming.

Be Proactive

It’s no use thinking about your goals, and planning them if you don’t take action. You are the only person who can achieve your goals, so make a plan and then stick to it.  Take charge of every area of your life and guard your writing time with a blood-stained sword.

Be Productive

Work out what time of day you do your best writing, then use any techniques necessary to get the job done before you stop.  If your daily word count target is 500 words, don’t leave your computer/notebook until those words are down.  The Pomodoro Technique works for me.  Set a timer for 10/15/25 minutes and focus solely on your writing until the timer runs out.  Have a 5/10 minute break then go again.

Keep Track

Regularly review your goals – at the end of every month works best for me.  Take a look at what steps you have completed and what you didn’t complete.  Why did you do well/not so well?  How can you do better next month?

Don’t be Discouraged

If life gets in the way, like it has a tendency to do – don’t despair.  Just re-evaluate your goals and plan forward accordingly.  After all, they are your goals!  If you have to extend your deadline by a few weeks, it’s not the end of the world.  What’s important is that you stick with it and Never Give Up.

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Winter Staples for the Writer

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I’m full of flu and feeling very sorry for myself, so I thought I’d create my list of absolute essentials to get any writer through winter and/or illness.

I’m what some people would call a ‘mard-arse’ when it comes to cold.  I’m always cold, even when people around me are sweating.  I hate winter, and in my wildest dreams, I’d have a holiday home somewhere hot to escape to during the British winter.  But, I don’t, so I have to suck it up and get through it somehow.

I have all of these items, and I firmly believe that I could not survive winter without them, and I most certainly wouldn’t get any writing done.  Some writers have a lucky talisman – these are mine.

  • Hot water bottle – I can’t live without my hot water bottle.  Well, it isn’t actually mine.  I broke mine by filling it with boiling water, so I’ve pinched my 4 year old’s.  It’s a giraffe called George, and can be found stuffed up my top during the day, or under my feet at night.  When I’m writing at my desk, I swap it between my lap and my feet.
  • A good blanket – By ‘good’, I mean not itchy, not too thick and not made of any fluffy, ‘artificial’ fabric.  My favourite is a 100% wool, multi-coloured blanket I found on Amazon.  It’s large enough to wrap around me, but not too large to be cumbersome.
  • A favourite mug – I don’t know about you, but when I’m writing I drink copious amounts of coffee and green tea.  I have a couple of favourite mugs, that nobody else is allowed to use…  And this brings me to my next tip…
  • Drink lots of hot fluids – I find that when I have a cold or flu, drinking anything hot helps – it soothes my throat and clears my sinuses.  I tend to drink coffee during the day, then at around 4pm I switch to flavoured green tea.  If I’m feeling really poorly, I’ll have a Lemsip in bed before I go to sleep.  So stock up on all of your favourite hot drinks.
  • A warm cardigan/jumper – It’s obvious really… Wrap up and feel warmer.  It’s no genius tip, but an important one.  A scarf can also come in handy.  As a parent, I find wearing a long scarf comes in handy in a variety of ways.  My kids use mine as a comfort blanket, nose wiper, mouth wiper, hand wiper… mostly to wipe things.  They also come in handy if you spill coffee on your papers/laptop and there isn’t a tea towel in sight… Just me then..?
Stock up on the essentials, and make writing in winter a little bit more bearable.  I hope every writer out there has a warm, cosy and productive winter.

 

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