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How to Organize Your Writing Life

Whether finding time to write is easy for you or difficult, sometimes having a guide or reference to where you want to be at in your writing is nice.  It’s up to you to decide whether you want a loose set of goals or a strict schedule.  I’m going to share how I’ve decided to organize my writing life.

The first thing I did was decide everything I want to get done this year.  By the end of 2013 I want to have an agent to represent my book, have the rest of the books in that series rewritten, have the first draft of a YA novel completed, and to continue posting at least weekly on this blog.  I realized that I needed a pretty strict schedule if I wanted to get this all done, so I started breaking down my goals into months.

Just like for the year, the first thing I did was write down what I want to accomplish for the month.  For March I’ve decided that I want to completely plot out the second book in my series and start rewriting it.  Those are pretty simple goals for this month, so I didn’t have to break it down into weekly or daily goals.  But for May my goals are a bit more overwhelming.  I want to finish my revisions of the first book in my series, start revisions of the third book, draft a few queries, draft a synopsis or two and gather a list of agents.

Whoa.

By the time May first comes I would likely take one look at that list of goals, laugh and then eat some nachos.  This is where you’d have to organize your goals into weeks.  In my case, I would give myself daily goals because the smaller the chunks of work I have to do, the more likely I’d be to knuckle under and do it.

The last thing I’ll leave you with is a reminder to give yourself reasonable goals and time off.  If you give yourself ridiculous goals, you’ll look at them and decide that you’d rather eat nachos. Don’t overwork yourself, either.  I’ve practically given myself the whole month of June off.  I have a lot of things going on that month to begin with, and I don’t want to burden myself with strict writing goals.  Also, if you receive unexpected time off, use it for what you think is best.  If you’re too busy to write, then don’t.  If you have plenty of time, don’t just sit on your bottom and surf the internet!  Get some of tomorrow’s goals done.

Writing with structure,
Katarina Madden

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Posted by on March 5, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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