Writerly Wednesday~Schedules#timekeepers #writingtools #amwriting

Last week I made my decision on the project I was going to begin. I also knew I needed to work on the timeline first. My beta agreed to be my timekeeper and push me towards my goals. I agreed on two weeks to work on the timeline then to begin the rewrite that would be my last before she got it. I decided to get it to her by April. Man do I have the work to do.

My homework for yesterday was to have her my tentative schedule and daily plans by today. I kept it simple. 30 minutes to wake up, get my first cup of coffee in me, and sort my emails tending to anything pressing. after that writing first. at least two hours and no less than 2 chapters a day. I am reading through, making notes and especially checking for timeline issues.

Monday was a bust. I got up an hour late feeling awful. My allergies are doing me in. Hubby got up working on budgets and kept calling me in. then we had the budget meeting and I had to sort some medications and make Dr. appointments for us. When I got back online I was told my Tuesday blog had posted, so I went to see why. While there I decided to work on my Wednesday blog. I decided to make a header. That header led to 6 more. ( hey in my defense now I have all my blog headers done for my blogging.) I was showing her the shinies and she asked me if she was supposed to support me in all things writing, she did understand the importance or push the story first. I said story first.  She was a doll yet politely pointed out in the time I had made the pretties I could have done my chapter work.  She was right. I did have these on the schedule for the weekend on my blog work days but I was off schedule.

Being an amazing drill sergeant she had me drop and do that chapter I owed he, LOL

Now back to the subject of Schedules.  They are awesome tools if you use them.  But what is the point of having everything lined up then jumping around like a frog on a hot sidewalk.  I use to have a very detailed calendar and write things down by the half hour. it was so overwhelming and upset me so much if I couldn’t do it that it did more harm than good. I found that less is more.

I put the three most important things.. 2 chapters, reviews/blog, email/ social media Instead of giving them timeframes I  simply write that. I have about 6 hours I dedicate to my computer/ writing. I will do my two chapters ( and any makeup if needed), then down the line.  I drew a line under those three and put Housework/craft. This is not daily chores as I work those in the morning. I can only sit about 30 minutes to an hour then need to move. I have chronic back injury.  So I work my first sprint with my girls, get up and sweep or do a small chore, rinse and repeat. The afternoon house is decluttering I am trying to do I have a list of chores I would like to get done this year, so i will tackle in small bites. I think I will alternate. Do a chore one day some crafting the next. This way neither will be so overwhelming to me.

I also switched to one schedule. last year I had it on my computer on a large desk calendar and in a day planner. The only one I really used was the day planner so I eliminated the other two this year.  This week is my first on my new scheduling and I will keep you up to date if this works. Scheduling is a personal thing for everyone. What works for me won’t work for everyone.  Do you have a tried and true schedule that works for you? Do you use a calendar or computer or a fancy Bullet journal?

Put on your hard hat! Why do I love V.L Locey, Sharon Moore, Christina Cole, Flossie Benton Rogers, and Cassidy Frazee’s blogs.

Write about it Wednesday

I have talked over the last few weeks about the different stages of writing. The actual writing,http://cathybrockman.com/2015/05/06/put-your-writing-hat-on/ Research http://cathybrockman.com/2015/05/13/lets-go-digging/ Alpha readershttp://cathybrockman.com/2015/05/20/5850/ editing http://cathybrockman.com/2015/06/03/5908/

Now the fun really begins. Let’s put on our carpenter hat start building a platform.

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When I first started writing, social media was so daunting and a few groups I was in encouraged you to get social media coaches. In which I did. A good social media coach teaches you the steps of building a strong platform. Just like any other platforms if the foundation isn’t strong it will collapse and you will fall on your… well, you get the idea. Of course, with this as most other things in my life, I went overboard. Where my coach said choose three or four social media sites and only work them a few hours a week, I chose as many as I could find and worked hem a few hours a day. Soon I was overwhelmed, burned out, and still not too many people knew who I was or cared( good thing since I didn’t have time to finish any books). After lots of trial and error, I finally caught on and downsized. I found a few that are easy enough for me to use and just stick with that as a base and occasionally reach out in other new areas. Usually, I find the best bet if one of those work replace one that doesn’t work with this one so you don’t get back into the habit of too many social media sites.

When should you actually begin this platform? All the sites you read and coaches encourage you to begin as soon as you start writing. I will have to agree but don’t go overboard. Recently I got overwhelmed again and began at square one.

From my experience, I suggest you do build a good website first. Choose if you will blog on it daily, weekly biweekly or what and be consistent. I also suggest you pick a day a week to do the bulk of this and pre-schedule as much as you can. I found this gives me much more writing time during the week.

Creating a good schedule is key. Put your writing first then give yourself an hour a day and do your social media then and maybe an hour to work on your blog as well. Set a timer and when it goes off walk away. My timer is my best friend( when I actually use it).

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Do posts that encourage your audience to seek your writing out. Don’t just post about your book constantly. What are your books about? Do they focus on one thing? Do they center around food or Myths? Here are five of my favorites.

Parsley Sage Rosemary and Thyme ehttp://www.sharonarthurmoore.blogspot.com/ by Sharon Moore s one of my favorites She shares all sorts of cooking tips, recipes and guest posts.She also occasionally talks about her books and I will say the cute titles and fabulous food pictures on her covers along with the bits she gives on her blog has sold me her book.

VL Locey http://thoughtsfromayodelinggoatherder.blogspot.com/ Is one of my favorite authors both M/F and M/M. Her books re a bit on the sexy side so enter this one with caution. I think I have and have read every one of her books. She has fewer posts than some of the others. She has some guest posts and news of her releases and a personal post or two about her life on her hobby farm. Also some cute duck, goose and puppy pictures from time to time!

Cassidy Frazee https://wideawakebutdreaming.wordpress.com/  is a science fiction and fantasy writer and her posts are a bit longer. She shows us her timeline on scrivener and gives some insight on the characters and how the story is progressing. I also love seeing how she uses the Scrivener Writing program.

Flossie Benton Rogers http://flossiebentonrogers.com/ I love how she has Mythic Monday. Her books center around myths and magic so she posts about the topic ( yes I am about to break down and buy the Witch Fae series! I want Demoness Dreams badly and will need to read the others first.I also love the way she does her reviews it is very interesting and unique.

and Christina Cole http://christinacoleromance.com/ Though Christina hasn’t posted in a while I loved his blog. She had a day or so a week with a favorite recipe and I loved seeing the different ways people cook some of the same meals I cook.

As you see, each one is extremely different.

You can see here how each of these authors target a specific audience.

These are a few of my favorites, I had to limit the number of blogs I actually read each day as that was another thing that was consuming too much of my writing time, but there are so many awesome blogs out there!

 

I decided under good advice to do a little work on my previous blog. In the past, my blog was full of blog tours, other author’s books, cover releases, reviews and the like. It was 99 percent other author’s and not much about my writing or myself. So the first of the year I hired someone to redesign my website for me and got a domain name and here ya go. Cathy writes Romance at cathybrockman.com was born! I cut back on my posting of other authors and keep that to mostly one day a week. If I read and review a book I think was great and want to share I post that as well, otherwise the website is now more oriented to you the reader, myself and my work.

I love to cook and organize things, garden, craft and do trash to treasure. With the way, the economy is I find that a lot of you like to find new ways to stretch the budget. So I do a food and craft post on the weekends. I hope as my actual writing progresses to get back to a free story or at least some teasers for you as well.

But a good website, schedule, and a plan is only the bottom of the platform. Then you gotta get social!

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