Looking for a guide, template or some sort of writing coach in a book type of direction on how to plan, journal and track your writing journey? Me, too! So I checked out Rachel Giesel’s Write Life Planner, which is the only one I could find through lots of Googling. Rachel’s bio says she wants to write literary fiction.
Let’s check out what’s inside – I do a COMPLETE fli-thru page by page of the entire planner. It’s a self-published book from Amazon and it’s $29.99 plus tax + shipping.
NOTE None of the links listed in her book work – they all returned 404 Errors but the book is still available for sale on Amazon by clicking here.
And when to come on and do a quick review of the right life planner by Racheal Giesel and this was $29.99 from Amazon plus tax and shipping. And it’s a self published title. It is a soft back, hardback paperback, paperback. That’s what I’m trying to say. And it is a little odd because it’s a planner so it doesn’t have spirals, but I still wanted to check it out and see what’s in side. So let’s take a look.
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just a standard paperback from Amazon KDP. They’re print on demand so it feels just like that. So you have half by 11, but again it is bound. So unlike a regular planner that has a spiral, it’s going to be hard to lay those pages flat. You’re really going to have to massage the covers and kind of push it down. So we have a copyright 2017. This planner belongs to, um, we have a quote from Stephen King, we have pep talk how to use this planner and that it has two main goals to help you accomplish one of your big writing goals in the next three months. So it’s basically a three month plan a and then to help you build a writing life you love full of life balance and just Rachel’s picture over here. And then your turn. Why are you here? Why did you buy this planner?
Um, let’s make a plan. And over here we talk about your 12 week goal and she says, right, all the things, pick one and focus, take your thing and transform it into a goal. So it looks like her system is smart. Well, it’s not her. So like everybody uses smart goals. Uh, then she has what’s called hard, um, heartfelt animated, require difficult incarb, carb, consistent, accessible, rewarding balance. So I think we’re going to see these as recurring themes throughout here. And then she’s kind of explaining what she means by those. Just break it down into actionable steps. So nothing earth shattering here. So brain dump, all the things focus too. She wants you to just to pick one thing to focus on. And then she wants you to say why? And then she wants you to make a promise to focus on this and to sign it and then respect reality.
So what are your top three life priorities? What in your life do you have to do? What in your life do you like to do? Where can you make room for writing? Where can you make room to live? What is your best writing routine? How you create a writing habit, how can you respect your writing time? How can you respect your lifetime? My strategies for balance. Um, and then over here we have set your goal and we see that same system again, the smart, hard carbs. So I guess smart and hard go towards your goal and it looks like carb is part of building a writing life. So that’s that process. So over here she wants you to write, I will. What your deadline is, why you want to do it, and then how you’ll do it. She, she actually just told you what to do.
And then my writing routine, my reward, my reward. You get to give yourself to rewards one after the session and another one. Once you complete the goal and the steps to get there and hopefully you don’t have a lot, there’s not a lot of room for. Stuff’s over here. Break it down. Twelve week goal and she has one month, one, two, three and a biweekly mile marker. Um, so you get, I guess to have those. I was confused by weekly. Some are monthly, I don’t know, a story. Goal Mountain. So this kind of looks to me like the um, the plotting a whisper. I don’t know if everyone remembers Martha. She had that plot was birthing, but we have mile marker. One, two, three, four, five and six. Um, so month one, I don’t know why month two is bigger. I think this is just a graphic. I don’t know if it corresponds to like you should spend more time in month two.
I’m not really sure. Yearly output planning your annual goals. I’m from into and then from into after that, from into. So I don’t know if this is a four, a three year goal I’m on my radar from into so just a little more direction. Might’ve been helpful. I’m not sure what that means. I’m free. The Muse is the next section on how to get organized. So stories, stages, um, keep track of all the stories you’re working on in one place. Uh, her professional tip is to write your stories on a post it, um, to be read pile, um, places to publish. Oh, so this is more for traditional, uh, my work in process and then notes. So over here we get into story stages, stories to write, stories to revise, stories to publish. Same thing on both sides of the page. Uh, again, she’s giving you space to write the things that she talked about on that first page, books you want to read.
And then I guess piles, piles. I’m not really sure what this is. So to be read pile and then books to read. I guess you put all of them here. I’m not sure why these are broken up into four places. Maybe she gave us directions in the front so me to be read. He traveled. The folks you want to read, keep a master list in any order and organize your books into categories. Organize your reading list in conversation with your own writing. Okay. So these, maybe these are categories, these are categories over here and then you put your books here. So you take this list and then re category. So over here, um, places to publish. So again, this is really, really, um, for traditional and overhear a, my work in process one goal at a time and she’s talking about rejection. So if you get 100 rejections for years, she’s saying that’s about 25 per every three months.
Um, I think she’s just trying to be positive and say it’s not a big deal if you get rejected. I’m author on that is kind of just, it’s like, I always hate the word bucket lists because it’s so depressing, but that’s just me and my preference, my work in progress. One story at a time. Um, but she’s giving you space here on the left. Write stuff about your title, Your John Record Word Count Synopsis Five scenes. You’re excited to write about characters for one and two, why the story’s important. Beta readers and cheerleaders. And then just notes on that. And then we jumped to the next section. It’s time to write. So over here we have her telling you to set up a weekly plan, a daily task daily to do reflect and a daily tracker. And over here she has weekend challenges, drop everything and write day, drop everything and Read Day five k marathon day, eight hours writing, creative retreat, whole rate life workout and write, hopping and overhear.
She’s told you can go to her website and it looks like we have a blank undated monthly layout for month one. And then your monthly intentions, your monthly writing focused life, things happening this month. Things to read, methods to try ways to love writing. When I need to recharge, I will. And then start your story monthly. Focus by there’s thing biweekly. Again, I’m going to guess it’s like semi monthly or maybe mid month, weekly goal life things. How we’ll do it. Peptalk a quote from Rachel and then notes. And over here we have start your story. So I’m, I’m a little confused. Okay. So this is your focus and it looks like you get one. You get a column for each day of the week, so you pick out your three goals for the day. Did you write yes or no? And notes when, where, how, how much, how it felt not good.
Awesome. Today I will read something. A, repeat this week’s quote, three times out loud, right? Some somewhere new. Organize your writing desk. Consider why am I writing this story? Choose your challenge. So this is a nice layout here for you to track your writing and you know, kind of journal yourself. And then goals, notes and dreams. Just some sections down here. And then over here we have month one, week one, reflect progress toward goal, yes or no. A this week in my life, just a blank spot rate. Life balance. Lots of life, lots of writing. How we felt about my life this week. Not so good. Super Awesome. My successes, lessons learned. Um, dive deeper. So now we’re jumping into week two. So it looks like a rinse and repeat for week two. And then for week three and week four. So this must go on for the whole. Yeah, that’s right. The whole 12 weeks. And at the end of the 12 weeks, she has a one pager on monthly analysis and or maybe she just is the end of every month. I could be wrong. Let’s see.
It looks like. Yeah, she does a monthly analysis at the end of every month and then. And I guess you just have to start your month on a Monday, whether or not it really really starts on a Monday and then you get another. You must get three of these blank monthly’s and then at the end of it it has a congratulations. You completed your epic right? Life quest and you’ve got this. You’re a happy and productive writer and you do have a balance writing life, happy writing. And over here it says, analyze big picture. What it accomplished, what went well, what I should improve, what I learned and what I liked. Best writing routine things I didn’t like. Worst writing routine going forward I will. Writing life and writing routine. And then what’s next? Take a break list all the things. Decide your next focus and that’s it. And then the rest is just blank pages that say nodes just all blank until we get to, so last note page and it says one additional support and then you can go to her, I guess this website and then made with love just for you. Always. Rachel, good and real and good writing. Um, we have a blank just blank page and then I a copyright page over here. And that’s it. That’s the cover.
So what’d you think? Did you like it? Did you love it? I definitely missed having spirals. That’s obviously a personal preference because it was harder to write in because it is bound also. I was hoping for something a little prettier, like cheerful or more graphics or icons. I’m not really sure what I was expecting. This very tech space. However, let’s talk about things I did, like I did like that it has a weekly in here and if we can see it with the lights and it kind of gives you a log on what you’re doing. There wasn’t a lot of space to write in a, but I do like that it gave you the opportunity to rank yourself on a scale of one to 10 at the end of every week and also for every month. And I do think it’s a good idea that it’s undated so that it’s just a planner in perpetuity. So let me know in the comments below what you thought and also if you like these, I kind of just do informal walkthroughs of different planners and books that are available and share them here on facebook instead of the youtube channel because I’m not really taking as much time to do editing. Uh, so I thought it would just be fun to share it and see what’s inside. All right. I hope everyone is having a happily ever after day and I will see you guys whenever I decided to make an impromptu video. I guess by.