It’s winter here in Ohio and while some of us are experiencing cabin fever, I always welcome this time of year. This is a great time for reflection on where you have been and where you want to go. That reflection needs to be turned into a concrete plan. Planning is another essential pillar in our toolbox to become an successful creative entrepreneur.
I have been doing a lot of planning lately and it has me very excited about the year ahead. Truth be told, I am much better at executing the plan. There is nothing that leaves me more frustrated though then when I start to execute and then have to stop because I didn’t have a plan.
I’m writing today to let you in on my planning process. I have many irons in the fire and this is possible because of plans. There are times when the plans need to be adjusted and that’s perfectly alright. You see, if your plan is a good one, the only thing that changes is the start date.
So what exactly is on my plate? Well, of course, the priority is the publishing of my first fiction novel, Blind Influence. When I have proofing to do or the publisher needs something from me, all else drops so that I can get that out the door and back into their hands. It hopefully will be a revenue stream and we all need to eat. The creativity bank account is very, very low and I have paints to buy!
Now that the first round of proofing has been sent back, I’m very excited to be working on a project that creates content for a new Artist Network University course that I will be teaching. This course deals with painting from start to finish. It includes subjects and tips on drawing, composition, design, transferring sketches to the canvas, mixing colors in correct values, learning to control values, and applying those captivating finishing flourishes. The project involves a lot of content development from videos to still pictures to each step being captured visually and in writing. The course will have videos, voice files and written materials that I will be creating over the coming weeks. Then there are voice overs and editing that has to occur. To do this correctly, I’m spending a lot of time planning each step before we actually start. My husband, Tom, will be capturing the video and I want to be able to tell him exactly what to shoot. Not only are we the directors of our paintings, we are also directors literally!
In addition to this, I have a prequel to write that is part of the book launch. It will probably be a little over 20,000 words, so really it is a novella. While I’m planning the ANU course, I’m also churning out ideas for this little novella. So while I’ll be shooting the video during the day, I’ll be writing in the evening. The writing will be either on the course material or creating the plan/outline for the novella. In addition to the writing and editing of the novella, I’m going to try my hand at creating my first book cover for it. This should be interesting and exciting (and time consuming-but fun!) (By the way–have you gotten your free story download for signing up for Blind Influence updates? No??! Well, here you go! Do it now so that you don’t forget again! The free story is on my fantasy book that I’m also writing. Just select the download button–it’s free!)
Of course, we can’t forget about the Art Chats. There is also planning that goes into those shows. First there is the recruiting of guests. Then the creation of the show’s content occurs, sharing that with the guests for input, and then their is the promotion of the show. Our guests as well as your host donate their time and energy. They provide interesting slides of their life’s work and journey for you to enjoy. It is such a pleasure to work with everyone on this podcast and I look forward to doing them. I do hope that you find them helpful and listen often. Our next show is February 25th with the topics of Conservation and Restoration–what you need to know as an artist or collector. I’ve just sent the show outline to my guest, Doug Eisele, to review. Then there is the creation of the slideshow which is done by my producer, Sarah Allspaw of F+W Media. I couldn’t do these chats without Sarah and I so appreciate her!
These are just a few examples of how planning is so essential to me getting anything done. Planning really is another essential for the toolbox and you know, we didn’t even discuss how important planning out your painting is!! To be a successful creative entrepreneur you need to be able to plan because it touches all aspects of your creative life. Along with planning and what I love about this life is having flexibility and the patience to go along with that flexibility. And a good sense of humor is vital–did I mention that?? But seriously, planning or the ability to create plans is so very essential. What plans have you made? Please share them with me in the comment area below. “I’m so excited and I just can’t hide it!” Love that song….