Anne Louise Bannon is the author of the Old Los Angeles series, the Operation Quickline series, and the Freddie and Kathy 1920s series. You can find out more about her here, see her books here, and read her last post here.
I love the beginning of a new year. There is something about the blank pages of a calendar that fills me with hope. The past two years have been pretty strange, thanks to COVID. But during all that time there have been plenty of ups as well as downs.
On the loss side of the ledger, I lost three aunts and an uncle since COVID started (only one to the virus, itself). On the plus side, they were all in their 90s, and I have to admit that I’m glad that I’m swimming in their gene pool. I got a lot of writing done because there wasn’t anywhere to go. However, now I have to figure out how to sell those stories, and I suspect that one’s going to elude me yet again.
And now, once again, the calendar is blank.
I have set goals, tried to visualize where I want to be next year at this time, five years from now at this time, and inevitably, I don’t achieve them. Part of the problem is that what I hope will happen – namely selling bazillions of books – I really don’t have any control over. I can put my books out there. I can buy ads. I can blog. But the bottom line is that someone else has to make that choice to buy my books and I have no control over whether or not they do.
So, I have come to the conclusion is that I need to focus on what I can control, namely what stories I’ll write, how I’ll let folks know they exist, all those things that I can do something about. And that’s what I put on my calendar and in my planner.
I’m using the digital version of the Passion Planner (which you can get here). If you like planning and dreaming, this is one great planner. I’ve changed a lot of things up in it, but that’s me. The thing is, it lays things out nicely and I can mess around with that plan as much as I want.
The point is, it doesn’t matter how I organize things. It’s that I do it. That I decide what I want to do in the coming year and hope that I do it. And that’s the best part of the beginning. There’s always a chance to start fresh.
How do you plan for the new year?