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Are you a planner?

Diana here

Not the outline or panster type but the plan your year type?

I was not. That’s about to change. This year I went to a writer’s conference and even though Jennifer Crosswhite told me over and over I needed to plan, I didn’t. I thought it was too confining, too structured. What if I changed my mind? Or something more fun came along to do?

At the conference, I met another writer who suggested I attended Audrey Hughey’s class on planning your next year. So… despite really not wanting to I figured if two people were telling me I need this skill, and I was in a non-threatening environment to learn about it—read that as an introvert who could remain invisible in a crowd—I found a chair and prepared to be asleep in five minutes.

Now I have to admit I was so wrong about this planning stuff! Just in case you are anything like me it’s not about planning minute by minute. I know right? Shocked me! I think it’s because I used to teach and that’s how teachers plan. It’s a must.

But get this! You can loosely plan and even better use erasable pens like Frixion pens. (affiliate link) Then it’s easy to move things around.

Back to this planner. It is amazing and packed with ways to make your author life so much better which makes your personal life run at a do-able speed too. 

I have the coil-bound planner. I picked it up from LULU as a Christmas gift for myself. I like that I can fold it to half-width because my desk is a mess. And there is always a cat that takes up space.

So what’s in this planner besides a calendar?
  • A page for 3 goals—yes only 3! Not 50! And you reverse engineer how you’ll achieve those goals
  • A page for your vision for the next year.
  • You can track your daily and weekly word counts.
  • Track your monthly expenses
  • Plan your social media
  • A place for newsletter topics
  • And a lot more.

If you are an author, consider looking into this Ultimate Author planner for yourself. Don’t ask for it as a gift—you need this for your career. Get it for yourself for Christmas.

There are two versions. Both are lovely and the same inside with the exception that one is dated for 2020 and the other undated so you can pick it up anytime (if you’re reading this in February that’s a good option for you! )

The planner comes coil bound from LULU and perfect bound at Amazon.
One planner has pink pens and a watch on the front and the other has a typewriter so you can pick which cover tickles your muse.  

There isn’t a better planner for an indie author or a traditionally published author.

Find the planner here:


  1. Wow! I love this picture and your review! Thank you!