Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Be more organized
Kim Smith 2008 all rights reserved
Don’t you wish you could be more organized? Everyone does! It's almost comical how I am writing this article tonight, and have a list at my elbow that grows in leaps and bounds. This proves that we all need a little push now and again to get on track and make better use of our time, right?
The best way to keep from being a mess is to plan. Don’t let anything deter you from your goal of getting in that writing time. Keep distractions at a minimum and find things that motivate you to spur you on. Take charge of your writing life today!
Here is a quick list of five things you can do to make your writing time more productive.
1.Revise less frequently
Revise your work every 6 days instead of every day. Do serious editing every 10 pages rather than every paragraph.
2.Have a talk with your characters twice a week.
Get them on board with what you are trying to do. If you can talk it out, you may find answers you didn’t expect.
Look at the clock & commit to getting the daily output done by a specific time. You’ll stay focused, avoid distractions & probably work more effectively.
4.Make the most of 15 minutes
Find an extra 15 minutes in your day to use for your writing even if it is just jotting down a setting that strikes you.
5.List small, important tasks that take only a few minutes to do each day and do them first.
When you sit down to write, don’t ignore the need to do something. Sometimes we just have to research, answer that email, or write a character sketch before it gets away. It is still moving you toward your goal. Realistically, if we do these things first, we'll have them out of the way and the writing will flow easier.
Speaking of which, I need to get to that list now. My characters are begging me to have a chat-*smile*