Book Review

52 Weeks of Writing Author Journal & Planner – Mariëlle S. Smith

I’ve got a treat for all the writers out there today, as I join the blog blitz for 52 Weeks of Writing by Mariëlle S. Smith. My thanks go to Mariëlle, and to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources, for inviting me to take part in the blitz, and for providing me with a copy of the book.


Are you ready to become the writer you were always meant to be?

52 Weeks of Writing will get you cracking by making you plan, track, reflect on, and check in with your progress and goals an entire year long.

52 Weeks of Writing will help you dig deep by offering questions and writing prompts designed to unravel whatever truths about your writing you’re ready for.

52 Weeks of Writing will keep you inspired by delivering a thought-provoking writing quote every week.

  • Do you struggle with setting goals that reflect your daily reality?
  • Do you want to practise breaking goals down into manageable chunks?
  • Would you like more insight into your writing habit(s) and figure out why you keep getting in your own way?
  • And do you want to create a sustainable writing practice that honours your needs and desires as a writer?

Then the 52 Weeks of Writing: Author Journal and Planner is for you.

52 Weeks of Writing brings together every lesson Mariëlle S. Smith has learned as a writing coach and writer. Wary as she is of comparisonitis and unhealthy competition, this author journal and planner was designed to help writers develop and fine-tune a practice that works for them.

If you’re ready to get out of your own way and become the writer you’re meant to be, pick up your copy of 52 Weeks of Writing today.


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I can’t resist a journal. Honestly, I am drawn to them like a moth flapping around a lightbulb! I have reading journals, diet journals, craft journals – you name it I probably have a journal for it. However, I am absolutely rubbish at actually using them. I’ll fill in maybe the first couple of pages, and that will be it. 52 Weeks of Writing though feels different, and I am confident that I will keep it up. This combination of planner and journal is exactly what I need to keep my writing on track and achieve my goals.

With sections for clarity, goals, planning (complete with a weekly timetable), and tracking, as well as weekly writing prompts, this journal feels so structured, it is like having your own personal writing coach sitting next to you. Mariëlle’s coaching style shines through as she guides you through the year, without adding extra pressure, or making you feel like a failure if you don’t complete every single writing prompt. I think this is where I have strayed from the path with other journals in the past, thinking that because I have missed one section, what is the point in carrying on? There is no judgement in this journal as Mariëlle coaxes you through the year, making sure to include celebrations for targets met.

I love the idea of having an accountability partner to work through the journal, and my writing journey, with and I have already had a conversation with a close writing friend about putting this relationship in place.

I feel that in recent months, I have lost my way with my writing and it has slipped into the background, but this journal has got me fired up and excited to get going again. I am inspired to get back to it and make progress on each of my WIPs, which now there are three of!

I would recommend this journal to writers at all stages of their journey.


52 Weeks - Author PhotoMariëlle S. Smith is a coach for writers and other creatives, an editor, (ghost) writer, and custom retreat organiser. In 2019, she moved to Cyprus, and island in the Mediterranean Sea, where she organises private writer’s retreats, is inspired 24/7, and feeds more stray cats than she can count.




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