by Don Stevens —
Time is the quintessential challenge every writer faces at some point in his or her life. For those of us that consider ourselves both writers and publishers, we can often feel time is the enemy and time management impossible. Between our responsibilities as publishers and all of the other tasks that the New Year will present, let’s resolve to make time to write in 2015.
Always Keep Writing a Priority
For those who are publishers and write on the side, treat your writing time seriously. If there isn’t enough time during the day to get everything done, you may need to wake up earlier, or spend a few extra hours at night. Those precious hours can be spent doing whatever it takes to finish your book. Some writers do more of their research at night while others feel it’s when they get their truest spark of imagination.
Set a Goal
Setting a goal makes everything more attainable. Make it a realistic goal, such as a few pages a day, or a certain word count. Don’t set yourself up for failure, which can lead to disappointment and possible procrastination. Some people mark a date to finish their projects on their calendars. Visualizing an end date and being organized is a great help. Also, it’s a good idea to know your limits, and take a break when needed. Some writers take weekends off, while others do their best writing on the weekends.
Keep a Writing Schedule
We know you’ve heard this before, but it’s always a good idea to be reminded of keeping a schedule to help you attain your goal. Whatever you decide for your schedule, stick to it. Keep distractions at bay by turning off phones, and stay focused on the task at hand.
Organize Your Time
For some writers, the block of time devoted to writing is just that, writing. Editing is another beast and may require a separate time. I like to write in the morning and edit at night. However, do not try to edit when tired. You’ll miss comma splices, dangling modifiers, and a handful of other mistakes which could hinder the flow of your words. If time is an issue, a professional editor is highly recommended.
Set your goals, schedule, and stay organized for 2015! Stay focused and use your time wisely. Here’s to a New Year filled with publishing and writing!
Don Stevens is an experienced writer, marketer, and blogger as well as the President of Merge Publishing and Finger Lakes Copywriting. Don has helped authors reach their potential in the publishing business with Merge and help build their author website platform and press kit with Finger Lakes Copywriting. His experience with PR and marketing offers writers a chance to grow their audience. Don currently resides in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York, where he also reviews food and wine and is the author of the Finger Lakes Wine mysteries (coming 2015). Merge Publishing is currently seeking submissions for quality fiction in Mystery/Thriller, New Adult, and Romantic Suspense.