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Will you be a plotter or panster in 2020?

I’ll forgive you if you think I’ve lost the plot with a title like this. It’s only a matter of days until the end of this decade and we embark on a new one and I am a little excited. I like the sound of twenty twenty. I’m not exactly sure why. Maybe it’s the promise of the new decade or the symmetry of the number. There are bound to be numerologists out there who can give you some meaning.

Either way, will YOU be working on your creative pursuits? Is this THE year that you will stop talking about those projects and actually take action or are you going to continue to be a tyre-kicker and moan about all the reasons why you can’t get that book written, create that garden, learn woodwork or start a business?

Maybe you’re stuck? Many creative ideas do need some development and if you don’t know where to start you never will. Cue procrastination. Maybe I can help you get sorted for 2020. The first thing to do is work out if you are a plotter or a pantser. What the?

Let me explain. This is actually relevant for any project from writing a book to creating visual art to starting up a business.

Plotter

Plotters like to plan things out. This way, they have a good idea where things are going and what will happen next. The good thing about this is that writer’s block (or other roadblocks) is much less likely because a road map is there to follow. The downside is that if things don’t go to plan it might derail the whole project or it may need to be redefined, which can be disheartening.

Pantser

Literally, this means that a person flies by the seat of their pants. They don’t plan anything and let the project take them where it will. This is a lot about creative development and there’s a lot of flexibility in this way of working and it can organically evolve but it can also sometimes mean that the project goes nowhere due to lack of direction. This can lead to multiple unfinished projects because they’ve been abandoned.

How will this help me get my book written in 2020?

The first thing to do is determine where you fit in your working style. You may even be somewhere in between a plotter and a pantser. There are pros and cons to both. But if you understand how you work, you can take measures to make your life easier by determining how you can get to your goal. As an example, if you are a pantser (like me) you might think about a rough outline for your project. This doesn’t have to be a complete plan for it but some guidelines that will keep you on track. Even something as simple as setting some goal posts will help you move in a forward direction. The plan may change but at least you have something to work towards. Maybe an end date with a few dates in between that you can track your progress.

If you really lack direction or need someone to help you, find someone or a group of people that work in the same sphere and can help you realise your potential. In the case of writing this could be a writing group, writing seminars or workshops or writing mentors. We do the same for sport and business, so why not creativity?

So, what will you be in 2020? Need help? We’re offering the most spectacular opportunity for writers to develop, write and publish a book, called Pitch to Publish. There really is no excuse not to see your idea in print by the end of 2020. Check it out here.

Until then, happiest of the silly season to you and your beloveds. See you in 2020!

Blaise the book chick.

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