In our previous post, we explored how Action Maps break through writer’s resistance by breaking big writing projects into manageable steps.
To help you identify the multitude of small steps your Action Map might include, I provided a list of possible tasks. The relevance of the tasks listed will depend on the type of writing project you’re mapping.
There is nothing special about the way I worded the tasks, nor are they presented in any particular order. Use this list to spark ideas about what might go into completing your writing task, not to dictate what you must include.
Research potential publishers
Read sample issues
Request writer’s guidelines
Read writer’s guidelines
Read writing book
Read well-crafted samples of your genre
Observe what established writers do that works
Do exercises in writing book
Draw map of the location
Write character sketches
Write scene cards
Play with scene cards to discover the story’s structure
Write query letter
Write cover letter
Write/sign letter of agreement
Draft next chapter
Identify items to include in index
Tell readers what kind of feedback you want
Meet with readers and listen to feedback
Plan book launch party
Sign contract with agent
Sign contract with publisher
Revise (I know I said this twice already; “Revise” bears repeating)
Join a writer’s group
Take writing class on dialogue, freelancing, poetry, etc.
Prepare book proposal
Upcoming post will show you how to personalize your Action Map.