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

This time last I reviewed volume I of Mariëlle S. Smith’s 52 Weeks of Writing Author & Journal Planner, and you can read my review here. I was a big fan of this planner, so I am delighted to be a part of the blog blitz for volume II. Many thanks to Mariëlle for sitting down to answer some questions, and to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to join the blitz. Please give Mariëlle a warm welcome as we get to know her a little better before I tell you all about her book (I have to say, I am loving the colour scheme for this volume).

Tell us a little more about the 52 Weeks of Writing Author Journal and Planner, Vol II.

As the name suggests, 52 Weeks of Writing, Vol. II is a journal and planner all thrown into one. It will help you plan and keep track of your writing while making you reflect on your progress and any obstacles that might show up.

Because you’re constantly reflecting on what you’re doing – or what you haven’t been doing – it helps you understand why certain things work for you and others don’t, why you aren’t where you want to be, and so on.

Each week also includes a thought-provoking quote and a prompt or exercise. Some weeks focus on improving your craft, while others are all about improving your author mindset.

How is 52 Weeks of Writing, Vol. II different from all the other journals and planners out there?

The way I combine both, I would say. I see a lot of helpful books around me that either focus on the author mindset OR on planning for authors. 52 Weeks of Writing, Vol. II connects the two explicitly because just focusing on planning doesn’t help. At least not if you’re not dealing with the reasons your plans keep going off track.

Writers who have been using the first volume of 52 Weeks of Writing have been calling it the holistic approach to writing, and that it’s like having a writing coach in book form. Some have told me it’s like I’m sitting right next to them, guiding them through the process. I’m guessing that’s what sets the journal and planner apart as well.

Why did you feel the need to create a second volume? Isn’t 52 Weeks of Writing an undated journal and planner?

It is, and I never felt that need until I was asked about it. When I started working on the journal and planner, I was convinced it would be a one-time project that would do its thing while I focused on other exciting projects.

Now, I was only asked whether I’d change the cover after twelve months so no one would end up with a row of the same journals, but I immediately knew it would have to be its own volume. So, it has a different cover, different quotes, different prompts and exercises, a different look. I fell in love with the project all over again.

And yes, I’m already working on the third volume. I run a Facebook group called the Accountable Wordsmiths and I’ve already shared some of the quotes and prompts that will end up in it with my followers. The cover is done, too.

There’s no order to the volumes, though! There’s no reason you can’t start with Vol. II first. Just pick the one with the cover you like best.

Who will benefit the most from 52 Weeks of Writing, Vol. II?

Any writer who wants to develop a writing practice that works for them and takes into consideration their needs, dreams, and day-to-day reality. I’m very wary of comparisonitis and I think it’s one of the main reasons why we get in our way in the first place. 52 Weeks of Writing, Vol. II is all about figuring out what you want to do with your one precious life and how you can get there without constantly burning out or feeling you’re not good enough.

It’s for those who want to create a sustainable practice that actually fits the lives they’re leading.

What is the best writing advice you were ever given?

The quote that changed my entire life is one by Paulo Coelho:

‘If it’s still in your mind, it is worth taking the risk.’

It’s a piece of advice I constantly give to my coaching clients. If a story doesn’t leave you alone, that means something. That you need to write it, no matter how much the thought scares you.

52 Weeks Cover


‘With this book by your side, anything feels possible.’ Jacqueline Brown

Tired of not having a sustainable writing practice? You, too, can get out of your own way and become the writer you’re meant to be!

52 Weeks of Writing:

  • makes you plan, track, reflect on, and improve your progress and goals for an entire year;
  • helps you unravel the truth about why you aren’t where you want to be; and
  • keeps you writing through weekly thought-provoking quotes and prompts.

With this second volume of the 52 Weeks of Writing Author Journal and Planner, writing coach and writer Mariëlle S. Smith brings you the same successful strategies to craft the perfect writing practice as she did in the first journal. The only difference? Fifty-three different writing quotes and prompts and a brand-new look!


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52 Weeks AuthorMariëlle S. Smith is a coach for writers and other creatives, an editor, and a writer. Early 2019, she moved to Cyprus, an 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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