Writers Share Tips for Organizing

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In response to a request for writers to share their organizational tools, here is a Summary of organization points shared:

Laurie Ryan: Time organization? Well…each night I take a look at my schedule for the next day and build in my writing time. I had tried writing first thing in the morning, but I’m too anxious to check my emails. So I build it in later, so I satisfy my email addiction and promo/marketing needs.

Marianne Strnad:  I’m a list-maker, so I write down what I need to do for the day and in the order it needs to get done in so I don’t make unnecessary trips or have to double-back, etc. I also don’t proceed to the next item on the list until the previous one is complete. To avoid distractions at home, I unplug my “triggers”, the TV, radio, cell phone, etc. I also build in rewards, allow myself a favorite food or snack for good behavior. After all that, I hope.

Crista Mchugh: I get myself in a writing “place”. When I was in my house in Spokane, I had my own office where I could lock the door and stay focused. Now that I’m living in a cramped apartment with my husband, my daughter, my dog, and my cat (yes, we’re all very cozy), I go to a local cafe to write on my day off from work. One I get to my “place”, I’m totally in the zone and can usually write 3-6K in a sitting. Until Meg gets older, I don’t think I’ll have any better solution since she absorbs so much of my time and attention at this time.

Jacquie Rogers: Organization? You jest. Plow through and hope for the best.  It’s past midnight–way past, so I’m not in the running for the book, but I’m the only one who responded in verse.

So who did I pick as a winner? Every one of you.  Please contact me through the GSRWA loop to give me a mailing address for the books.

Thanks for the ideas.  Every writer’s organization tools are unique and must fit into their life style.

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Jacquie Rogers
    Aug 24, 2010 @ 23:12:15

    Marion, you’re such a sweetheart! 🙂



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