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Friday, March 22, 2013

What Does It Take to Be a Good Writer? Organization

What does it take to be a writer? Actually to be a good writer? Recently, I've been thinking a lot about this.

Organization is a key element.
1.  Make lists. That's so you don't forget something essential, like a major deadline or a blog appearance. Post it by or near your computer.
2.  Designate a block of days, dates, or weeks--time you will use only for a certain writing project, or, in my case, art projects as well. If you are taking a workshop or class, segment that time period and don't schedule anything else to interfere with your concentration.
3. Keep a Date Book next to you on your desk. Put everything in it. Blog appearances, book signings, business appointments.
4. Make a Second Date Book Copy to take with you. (Some of you may put this in your phone or iPad, but I prefer the "reach and look" method for my purposes.)
"Landing Softly" - ©MMSikes
5. Keep a Notebook for Passwords - It's frustrating to go back to a site you use occasionally and realize you can't recall the password for it. I keep a notebook near my home computer and have another available to take with me on trips.
6. Place Photographs in Computer Files where you can find them. Pictures enhance blogs and your other writing.
7. Keep an Idea Notebook Close at Hand - Jot down ideas for your stories, novels, and blogs. You never know when an idea will strike. Carry your notebook with you while traveling in a car or watching television.

These are only a few thoughts on organization. We all want our writing to have a smooth journey and a safe landing in the proper place.

What are your ideas on this subject?

Mary Montague Sikes

2 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I definitely maintain a calender - I'd never keep up with everything happening online if I didn't. I also place images in folders that correspond with that day's post. That's also so I don't forget someone's cover reveal or something!

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Alex, you do a great job with organization because you keep up with so many people! Thank you!