Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Writer Wednesday: Back In the Swing of Things


School is back in session, so that means I'm going back to my writing schedule. Summer is always tricky because my daughter and husband are home. This summer was particularly tricky because I had to stay with my parents for two months thanks to water damage and construction. While construction is still going on, I'm getting back to my old schedule and I couldn't be happier about it. There's something about knowing I have five hours to write five days a week that puts a big smile on my face.

Of course I'm not just writing. I'm marketing and editing too. Right now, I have a client edit on my plate, and I'm giving that top priority. But I'm also marketing multiple novels and plotting a new book because I'm a writer and that's what I do. That means I have to manage those five hours each day and break them up in a way that will allow me to accomplish all my tasks. Of course I have my day planner next to me so I can check off all the tasks as I complete them. I'd be lost without that planner. And let me tell you how quickly I can fill up five hours. Sheesh!

Who else is back on schedule now that summer break is over?

*Thank you to everyone who left questions for me last week when I asked for questions for my FAQ page on my website. I'll be sure to share my responses soon.*

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  1. Oh, my, how do you manage to carve out time to do everything? I'm completely swamped!

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  2. My kids are back at school but there's been lots of odds and ends to catch up with so I'm not quite back to my normal routine yet but I will be soon.

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    1. I have odds and ends I should be catching up on, but I'm choosing to edit and write instead. ;)

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  3. Your post title totally cracked me up. Not because of you, but because of the post I wrote today.

    Sticking to a writing schedule during the summer months is tricky with kids. That's the reason I've taken the last two summers (2 months) off. Even though my kids are older now, they all participate in summer sports, which makes life just as spastic as during the school year except I don't have the six hours they're usually in school free to myself.

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    1. I'm sure sports make things very tricky. Lots of travel and schedules. I don't blame you for taking those months off.

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  4. I've got classes to get back to, but I'm also doing the same during the summer, so there's never really a break.

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    1. I never have a real break, more like a different schedule to follow.

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  5. "because I'm a writer and that's what I do." I love that! And I live by my planner! I have a planner AND a giant calender on my desk. I'd be lost without them and probably not getting anything done.

    Good luck with everything!

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  6. I'll be starting classes but my schedule's pretty much the same. I'll be busier because I'll have to add assignment/readings to marketing, writing and my part-time job. I like being busy. I'm not taking as many classes this semester.

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    1. I like being busy too. I get more done that way.

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  7. You are impressive to be able to maintain that five hours a day of writing. I can only do that if I am very very strict in my routine. I hope that you enjoy having the kids out of the house for a while.

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    1. I miss my daughter, but I do like to get all my writing stuff done too.

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  8. Good luck with your time back. I'm still settling into a routine. It'll take a bit with the move and all, but hopefully, I'll get there too.

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  9. I have learned to rev-up the writing engine just before summer ends, to ease the transition. Especially important since this is my first fall with an empty-nest.
    I'm under the impression you never took summer writing/editing off, so you are continuing your very productive ways right into fall.

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    1. I really don't take off during the summers, but I cut back. My schedule doesn't allow me to do as much in the summers. I still work though.

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  10. I haven't really been affected by school starting again, except my commute to work is longer. Oy. The good thing is it gives me more time to write since I take the bus. :)

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    1. Making good use of bus time. Nice, Nicole.

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  11. I don't have a day planner, but I have a desk-top calendar that helps keep me straight. And a dollar store one at that! ;) Glad you're going to be able to get back in your normal swing of things.

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  12. Glad you're getting back into a regular routine again and that you're back in your house. When do we get to see pictures?

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    1. Sadly, construction isn't finished yet, Allyn, so no pictures yet.

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  13. My schedule is actually more challenging in the fall because I teach part time. I have to get really organized to set aside time to write.

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  14. Like yourself, I am back into writing mode. I tend to enjoy the summer months since I have bad circulation and tend to be a hermit in the winter. I also have that "school mode" every time September comes around and this always puts me back on schedule with my writing until the following summer.
    Looking forward to reading the answers to your questions, Kelly!

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    1. I pay when I forget to keep getting up and walking around. Being anemic makes circulation an issue for me too.

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  15. Glad you are getting more time to write, edit, and market. I am back to my regular schedule (school)- so I am experiencing just the opposite! Less time to write, edit, and market. But- I am still squeezing in what I can. :)

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    1. Good for you, Stephanie! I hope you find time to do both.

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  16. Glad you are back to your schedule. Hope the house it in order soon. After that, nothing will be in your way. Looking forward to reading Perfect For You.

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    1. Thanks, Brenda! I'll be so happy when this house is finished and back in order again.

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