For many entrepreneurs and academics writing is not a choice. You have to do it and you have to do it by a certain deadline on top of an already full workload. Many choke under that kind of pressure. And so they procrastinate and procrastinate… and often never get it done.
Is one of your biggest stumbling blocks not taking the time to plan out your writing project? Do you struggle to meet deadlines? If so, this course is for you.
By the end of this course you will have created a work plan for your specific writing project and have implemented 2 or 3 tried-and-tested techniques to ensure that you will actually follow-through and complete it.
This course includes 3 practical and interactive sections:
1) Get Inspired & Getting Started - First I’ll help you clarify your main goal and identify the perfect writing project to propel you towards meeting that goal. You'll also determine your personal motivator or motivators for ultimately getting your project done.
2) Create Your Roadmap - Next I’ll guide you through breaking down your project into discrete steps, creating milestones, identifying potential roadblocks, and putting your work plan into a timeline. This is the part we so often skip. Don't do it! You'll get enormous benefit from completing a work plan.
3) Tricks to Stick to Your Roadmap - Finally, I’ll provide you with dozens of tried-and-true techniques for getting your work plan done. This is your reward for completing section 2! You’ll choose the best techniques for you and then you’ll commit to a plan of action.
I have taught this method to hundreds of people in workshops around the U.S, so you’re in good hands! I’m an academic librarian, a trainer, and a consultant who has written and published dozens of academic and trade articles, a blog, and two books.
This course has set up many authors for success. I hope you’re next!
In this course overview you’ll get a chance to meet the course instructor and get a sense of what’s to come.
In this step you'll articulate your writing goal and identify a project (or maybe even several projects) that will catapult you towards realizing your goal.
Now that you've fully articulated the enormity of your goal and your project, you'll take some time to understand what is truly fueling you to get your goal completed.
It’s now time to dive in and create your step-by-step plan for getting your writing project done!
In this lecture you will break your writing project down into specific, clear steps with deadlines . Then you’ll flag those problematic steps that could likely throw you off your schedule and maybe even sink your entire project
Once you have identified all the steps to complete for your project, it’s much more manageable (and less overwhelming!) to group those into milestones and assign deadlines. You’ll get that piece done here.
Let's do a quick check-in to make sure you've got the work plan basics down and have a doable work plan draft.
Now that you know exactly what you need to do, let’s focus on how you’re going to make sure you actually do it!
In this introduction you’ll take a look at the things you’ve done in the past that are similar to what you’re working on now. Then you'll identify some of the key techniques that you put in place to be successful.
“Sticky Techniques to Keep You On Track,” is full of tested techniques and approaches that you can borrow from others. Print out or open the handout in Word (see supplemental material) and follow the directions there.
Now it’s time to commit! Choose the techniques that you will implement during your writing project and get ready to get started.
If you want some ongoing support, consider keeping one or two of these books on your nightstand and dipping into them a little everyday.
If you are like most people, your writing tool of choice - a computer – is also your biggest distraction. Don’t have the discipline to fight it on your own? Try one of these tools out.
I am an academic librarian and a trainer at the University of Minnesota with 20 years of experience. During this time I have advised, mentored and taught hundreds (if not thousands!) of students, faculty, and librarians who have struggled to get their articles, books, and dissertations finished and published. I also design and teach a wide variety of workshops to help people be more effective in the workplace, their businesses, and their careers. I’m absolutely passionate about teaching and learning!
As an academic I have lived the “publish or perish” mandate, working feverishly to get tenure and then full promotion. I know what it’s like to stare at the blinking cursor and blank screen. But I also know how to win that stare-down!
I have written and published dozens of articles in both academic journals and trade magazines. I’ve also tackled the mother of all writing projects- the book – not once, but twice! The first I published through a traditional publisher and the other I self-published on the Kindle platform.
Minnesota is where I've touched down to raise my family, but admit that as a Jersey Girl I’m a bit of a fish out of water here in the land of 10,000 lakes and no ocean. And yet, I love the Upper Midwest and have made it my new home.
If there’s anything more that I can do to help you get your ideas and insights out in the world through your writing, please let me know.I’d like to help you as much as I can!