An architect wouldn’t plan a house without a blueprint and the contractors wouldn’t start to build without a system in place. Starting to lay bricks or put up wall frames without a strong foundation would be foolish. Could that kind of home stand up to the rigors of the people and environment it will face?

Well, it turns out your writing is very similar. While you could write a perfect ‘roof’ into existence and crane it onto the ‘frame’ of your story later, you may find out that the two just don’t fit like you thought they would. You might even discover that with the passing of time, you’ve decided you want an octagonal dwelling and that square roof just isn’t going to fit anymore.

Whether you’re writing a novel or your memoir, some web copy or a complete Business Operating System, if you create a plan before you begin and establish the methods you’ll use to achieve your goals, you’ll be far more likely to achieve your objectives – and far happier with the results.

Documents or systems created for your writing needs can be project specific or set up to apply to your larger writing or business ecosystem. The types of documents or dossiers you use will be heavily dependent on your field and individual needs and can include such things as,

  • timeline specification
  • task planning
  • policy documents
  • procedural documents
  • productivity tracking & analysis
  • milestone creation and tracking
  • future streamlining – form & template creation
  • full business operating system development