Monday, February 25, 2008

Tools For Writing Success-Organize Time

To be an effective writer of any kind, you will have to spend time organizing your writing life. You can experiment with different tools (folders, day timers, notebooks, computer...) but regardless of the tools, you must spend time putting them to use. I have come up with three big areas that tend to need the most attention. Your Time, Your Talents, Your Money. Today we will look at your Time.

One of the biggest issues I hear writers bring up consistently is the matter of time. So many people say they just don't have the time to write. The bottom line is that if you want to be a serious writer, then you must make the time to write. We all have 24 hours in a day and we all have the power over how we are going to use those hours.

If all you can spare is 30 minutes a day, than commit to those 30 minutes and don't let anything get in your way. Think about it-a half hour a day, five days a week is two and half hours a week-which then equals 120 hours a year. That is definitely enough time to make a dent in your novel or write a dozen poems or a few stories or a picture book or two or a dozen get the idea.

Time Tips
  • Make a daily/weekly goal for the number of hours you are going to write
  • Schedule your writing times in your daytimer
  • Stick to your commitment. If someone calls to try to schedule something during your writing time, nicely say to them, "That time won't work for me, I have a prior commitment." No further explanation is necessary.
  • Reward yourself after one month of sticking to your plan
Happy Writing!

1 comment:

Martha said...

Boy, I totally agree with you about scheduling regular writing time.

Even though I don't schedule a particular time of day to write, I schedule a dedicated 30 minutes each day for my non-technical writing.

All I can say is, it's amazing what gets done in those 30 minutes x 7 days a week!


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