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Friday, August 27, 2010

Friday Spotlight: R. Ann Siracusa

WHY A WRITER NEEDS A CAREER PLAN


You have to know where you’re going in order to get there

Why prepare a Career Plan?

• A Career Plan is all about you and what you want out of writing.

• Writing is either a hobby or a business. None of the rest of this matters if it is a hobby and has to take a back seat to everything else in your life. It will happen as it happens.

• You need to know where you are going in order to get there. It doesn’t matter if you choose hobby or business, but you must know what you’re striving for in order to make choices. Otherwise, writing will always remain a hobby, whether that’s your prefence or not.

• Writing takes commitment and requires sacrifices; it requires a large investment in time, emotions, money, energy, and self-esteem. You need to know how much you are willing to invest in all of these areas.

• A plan is a guide for decision making.

• You need goals and measurable action steps to measure your progress.

Guidelines

• The plan is for you. Don’t show it to anyone. It will change with time.

• Put it on paper.

• Be honest with yourself.

• Be specific.

• Be realistic.

• Keep it simple.

• Reevaluate and revise at least once a year.

Steps

• Assess honestly where you are now in your writing (if you are a beginner, you’d better admit that to yourself.)

• Write down your ultimate goal―your long range goal (as it is now)―write it like an end statement.

• Write down where you want to be five years from now―your five year goal.

• Identify what has to happen to achieve that goal―your five year objectives.

• Identify the specific measurable steps you must take to make those things happen―5 yr. action plan.

• Write down where you want to be one year from now―one year goal.

• Identify what has to happen to achieve that goal―one year objectives.

• Identify the specific measurable steps you must take to make those things happen―1 yr. action plan

• Identify how and how often you will reevaluate your Career Plan.

• Do the same for years two and three.

1 comment:

Sherry Gloag said...

Thanks for the reminder. I did this five years ago, and then became distracted and forgot about it.