I crossed a milestone recently, having finished my tenth book. It’s a little behind the goal I made when I was younger—that is, to finish one every year starting at age 18—but honestly it’s farther than I realistically thought I would be. It’s a little surreal, because while I’m normally pretty confident in my ability to write well, I have moments where I look back at things I’ve written and go, “Was that me? Did I write that? There’s no way.” I’ll look back and see things I’ve written that I’m proud of, and I’ll look at them almost with dismay because I’m sure I’ll never come up with anything like that again. Surely that was a one-time thing. I’ll be out of ideas soon and nothing new will ever come to me.
It gets kind of dramatic for absolutely no reason. Luckily it doesn’t happen often.
But since I’ve made it to ten, I’ve been reflecting on how I plan things out in the first place. I started thinking about it because I was asked what my process was, and I had no idea how to explain it at the time. I wasn’t sure I had a process. So I thought I should probably figure that out, because something is happening, and it’d be nice to know why.Continue reading “What Is My Planning Process Like?”