Three Down and One to Go…

…quarters, that is. A couple of blog posts ago, I wrote about becoming a passionate planner. The system I use breaks the year down into four quarters, and it’s hard to believe we’re just about to move into the fourth and final quarter of the year. Where has the year gone?

Prior to discovering my inner planner, my writing schedule was a bit hit and miss. Basically it had become a ‘write when the spirit moves me‘ kind of deal, and to be brutally honest, the spirit didn’t move me that much at all!

Anyhoo, that’s all changed, and it’s time to start planning for quarter four. Moving into October means some of my quarter four planning will be geared up to National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) which takes place in November each year. NaNoWriMo challenges you to write a 50,000 word novel during the month. The aim is to let the words flow and get the bones of the story down so it can be edited and refined later.

To be clear for NaNo, I need to finish the first draft of book one of a new paranormal series by the end of September. Since book two is in first draft mode too, it means that October will largely be editing and revision, and hopefully even working on the third book of the series which is about thirty percent done. I also want to be planning my NaNo project ready to start on 1 November. Depending on how things go with the third book, I might even use the 50,000 NaNo words for this.

Before becoming a planner, I probably would have stressed out at the workload, but now I get to plan it all out using the system developed from working on the original course.

Easy, peasy (she says with her palms together, eyes up to heaven) or it should be if I stick to the plan, and manage to catch a following wind 🙂

Oh, and something else I’ve discovered while working this whole planning deal. Stickers! Oh, how I love them, especially ones with pretty colourful shapes and inspirational quotes. They make a great motivator to get the words done, or any other task you want to complete. Just award yourself a sticker when the task is complete and pop it in your planner/diary. It’s simple, but for me it’s working so I’ll take it.

So, here’s to Quarter 4… Bring it on!


10 responses to “Three Down and One to Go…

  1. Congrats on starting your fourth quarter as a ‘passionate planner’! Looking forward to reading about your successes and challenges at the end!

  2. woo hoo!! Glad the planner is working for you! AND yes, this year went by way to fast. I am also a NaNo lover. Trying to finish my current work and get myself in gear for Nov. The madness of the month is so much fun- I love the challenge. I’ll be rooting you on. Jillian

  3. Oooh, I’m all revved up to schedule out my fourth quarter now. I don’t do kanban boards, but I do schedule it down to how many words a day I have to write to hit my goal. And since I don’t have any releases scheduled in 2023 yet, I’ll be doing NaNoWriMo as well to get some stories going. Thanks for the motivation!!!

    • You are a star at hitting those word count goals, Laurie! NaNo is certainly a motivator and I’m pretty sure your release schedule for 2023 will be filling up very, very soon. I certainly hope so! 🙂

  4. Wow did I relate to “Basically it had become a ‘write when the spirit moves me‘ kind of deal, and to be brutally honest, the spirit didn’t move me that much at all!”

    I even like the name Passionate Planner. I’ve never done NaNo because I’ve never felt like I would have enough time in one month to write 50,000 words. But setting to goals and STICKING TO THEM I need to do. Here’s to this last quarter.

    And, I am so ready to read this next shifter series. I loved the Beasts Of Bodmin Moor.

    • You have so much on your plate with the move and settling into your new home, Lavada. What you get done is amazing!

      50,000 is scary, really scared me when I first tried, but it is a motivator.
      Thanks for your kind comments about the Beasts and the next series. I appreciate it.

  5. Do love that you are so organised by being a passionate planner. I try but it never works out for me, always something crops up, but at least I try. Hope your are clearing the way for Nano. Sounds like you have a busy time ahead with the Shifters. Good luck!

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