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Time Management Tips for Writers: #2: Email or text your ideas when you’re out and about!

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Greetings Writer Cookie Cakes!

One of the biggest challenges a writer faces today is making efficient use of their time. Way too often we get sucked into the social media vortex and lose precious time. And to make matters worse, we fool ourselves into thinking we are marketing and networking to justify the hours chomped up clicking, liking, posting, and sharing. Oy!

As an Indie author wearing all the hats, even if you outsource some of your work, this is detrimental to you as a writer. In a nutshell, it will place a boulder and eventually create a sinkhole on your publishing road to triumph. Is this what you want? NOOO, HONEY! Ya don’t. At least, I hope not. And, if it is, please enlighten me as to why ya want ya arse in a friggin’ ditch? Please, fill me in, so I don’t waste my precious time bustin’ my rump helping you to fill those potholes. I am not into perspiring. Well, only during exercise and… Oops! Never mind. Hahaha!

For the next few weeks, I am going to share some tips on how to manage your time more productively so you can get your drafts, edits and novels completed on schedule. And, don’t ya dare say, ya don’t have a schedule. *wink*

Time Management Tips for Writers: #2: Email or text your ideas when you’re out and about!

I love this. I do this and have for years. What do you do when your creative brilliance powers on? And not just a lil’ ol’ light bulb, cookie cakes, I am talkin’ about lights as bright as Broadway. YESSS, HONEY! That is what I’m talkin’ bout. But there is no pen or paper within our grasp? Uh oh! Just email or text it to yourself. Ya don’t have to fret your brilliant mind ‘because you have it covered.

See ya next week for my next Time Management Tips for Writers!

ADMSM

Time Management Tips for Writers: #1: Set Goals

patek-philippe-sky-moon-tourbillonGreetings Writer Cookie Cakes!

One of the biggest challenges a writer faces today is making efficient use of their time. Way too often we get sucked into the social media vortex and lose precious time. And to make matters worse, we fool ourselves into thinking we are marketing and networking to justify the hours chomped up clicking, liking, posting, and sharing. Oy!

As an Indie author wearing all the hats, even if you outsource some of your work, this is detrimental to you as a writer. In a nutshell, it will place a boulder and eventually create a sinkhole on your publishing road to triumph. Is this what you want? NOOO, HONEY! Ya don’t. At least, I hope not. And, if it is, please enlighten me as to why ya want ya arse in a friggin’ ditch? Please, fill me in, so I don’t waste my precious time bustin’ my rump helping you to fill those potholes. I am not into perspiring. Well, only during exercise and… Oops! Never mind. Hahaha!

For the next few weeks, I am going to share some tips on how to manage your time more productively so you can get your drafts, edits and novels completed on schedule. And, don’t ya dare say, ya don’t have a schedule. *wink*

Time Management Tips for Writers: #1: Set Goals

This is the best way to help you manage your time efficiently and help you stay on track. You can set daily, weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly goals. You can even pull a Vivien Reis and do quarterly goals. You can break down your goals into blocks or hourly chunks to set goals you can achieve without overdoing it. Jamie Raintree has fabulous goodies for helping you get to writing or tapping.

See ya next week for my next Time Management Tips for Writers!

ADMSM

3 Surefire Tips for Dealing with Writing Distractions

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  1. Pinpoint the cause of your distraction.

Disengage from the cause of your distraction. Are you surfing the internet? Are you getting lost in social media? Are you not taking your writing time seriously? If you aren’t, you can’t expect others to be serious about it either. Distractions happen, but there are only a few reasons you should be distracted and which celebrity is cheating isn’t one of them. The first thing you need to ask yourself is why aren’t you writing?

 

  1. Study how other writers handle distractions.

Learn how some of your favorite scribes handle disruptions. Model their strategies for dealing with interruptions until you can design your own.

 

  1. Schedule your writing time.

Make an appointment with yourself to write. Don’t do anything but write during the time you carved out to write. Simple, huh? It is, but not always so easy. If you have to do some research, you should make an appointment with yourself to do your research. You may have to unplug from the world and let your family know you are going off the grid. If you are unable to avoid taking calls, you should screen them so as not to lose your momentum. Granted, there are exceptions to every rule and if you do make exceptions, be aware you’re not perpetually interrupted by deviations in your routine.

 

Article first appeared in Long Island Book Reviews Examiner.

 

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