www – Wednesday – South Georgia Writer’s Guild

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South Georgia Writer’s Guild

Today I wanted to share another organization I’m a part of. It is call South Georgia Writer’s Guild. (SGWG)sgwg-logo-final

SGWG was formed by a handful of writers who all live in South Georgia. (Bet you never who have guessed that, right! *laughing*) We write from all different genres and have all different experiences. But that what makes this organization so amazing!

We have found that we can pull from each other and grow.
Over the past few years we’ve gone from a handful to almost 100 members.
We meet two times a month and have video meetings too.
There are writers from kidlit to romance to sci-fi to fantasy to gamers to (fill in the blank)!
We have hobbiest to intermediate to experienced. Indie and traditional.

YOU NAME IT!

Feel free to check out the South Georgia Writer’s Guild website and join the group, if you like!

Are you a member in a great group? Let us know who they are!

Until next time…
Happy writing!
~t


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www. Wednesday – SCBWI

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http://www.  Wednesday – SCBWI

If you have followed this blog for any amount of time, you know I write KidLit. (aka children’s books) This is my heart, my passion. I can honestly say, I would not be where I am professionally without SCBWI.

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SCBWI is a world-wide organization which is broken into various regions. They hold national conferences and regional conferences. There is a bulletin that goes out, which shares valuable information. On the website you can find “THE BOOK” that has contact information for you to submit to various houses and agencies. There are grants you can apply for. And I haven’t even mentioned the people you will meet!!! They are your tribe. The people who really, truly get you!

There is a due to pay every year, but I have found it to be well worth the fee!

Check them out:  www.scbwi.org!

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www (dot) Wednesday – SCBWI.org

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www (dot) Wednesday
SCBWI.org

Every year I like to talk about different websites/organizations that I find useful. Yep, I’m repetitive on a lot of these, BUT they are very, very, VERY useful! This year I would like to explain WHY I think these websites deserved to be mentioned and visited often.

SCBWI.org is THE organization to join in the #kidlit world.

  1. Agents and editors see your membership as a serious investment into your career as a writer/illustrator.
  2. Vast amount of information. SCBWI sends out a bi-monthly newsletter and a monthly Insight.
  3. Community relationships. You will meet your tribe here. Anyone who is passionate about children’s writing and illustrating is here.
  4. Community involvement. You can volunteer regionally and make life-long friends, not to mention learn great skills.
  5. Grants and awards. Yes, members have the opportunity to apply for grants and awards.

And that’s just my top 5 things about SCBWI. I did that list in under five minutes.  😀

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Are you a member of SCBWI?
What about other organizations?
What organization are you a member of?

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Happy Writing!
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3 Thoughts on Time Management

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Let’s face it, we are all busy. There are certain things that happen and we have to learn to roll with the punches. Making time to do the things we love or want to accomplish is usually on the top of our list though. But what about the other things that need to be done? Things like marketing, research, and other things that help everything come together. Honestly, it can be overwhelming.

Here are a few things I do to help manage my time and accomplish certain goals.

  1. Calendaring – I’ve been doing this for a few years now. It has made a major difference in my productivity too! I wrote a blog post that you can read HERE on how I set up my calendar on my laptop. I designated a day (Sunday for me) to sit down and prepare what I want done over the next seven days. I’ll enter it in on my calendar. This includes blog posts, writing, doctor visits, research, website design, anything and everything that I may be doing for that amount of time. As the things are accomplished, I highlight them in green. I like green.  😀
  2. Timer – This is my key when I’m doing social media. I allow a certain amount of time for me to scroll on social media. It can be five minutes to thirty minutes on a certain outlet. I may be doing research on how to utilize something better. Or I may simply be scrolling through and being “social”. The thing is keeping my time centered and not letting hours *you know what I mean* go by and then looking around wondering where my day went.
  3. Blocks – I will use blocks of time to accomplish certain things. I block out time to write my blog posts. I’ll use downtime (night time) to upload videos. While sipping coffee, I’ll look over my email, read blogs (where I try to comment and share), and catch up on friend’s and family’s updates. I’ll redo this while eating lunch and maybe at night, if I have time. I block out time to schedule tweets and facebook posts too. Those scheduled tweets and posts are to promote my books and business.

All this helps me accomplish things and not be as overwhelmed. Don’t get me wrong. I do fall behind at times and not understand how to utilize things to the best of it’s ability. BUT by doing these three things, those times happen fewer and further between.

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How do you manage your time?
Are there other things you do to plot out what is to be done?
Do you utilize these same things?

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Happy Writing!
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4 Ways to Organize Your Writing in 2016

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4 Ways to Organize Your Writing in 2016

Over the past few years I’ve gotten in a better practice in organizing, with my writing especially.

I had files scattered, drafts placed here and there, several notebooks in various places. I had to look for things I KNEW I had written, but where did I put it. *sigh* I began (slowly, but surely) to gather things and put them in the same area. Then I began to organize that better. I finally have things where I can find them. *YAY* It takes time. I thought I would pass on some of the things I’m doing and maybe you can incorporate it and make it work for you too.

  1. Laptop -In the past few months I had to save everything to thumb drives. *Yes, I needed plural* As I was reloading, it gave me the perfect opportunity to reorganize. I deleted duplicate copies. For manuscripts, I created folders and made sure all my revisions were placed in them. I was able to get my workload refocused. Creating folders, and sometimes subfolders, helped organize all my work. It took a few days… Okay a week, but it is done and I can pull things up and bam-o it’s all there!
  2. Notebooks – I still love to write long-hand. Most of my first few drafts are long-hand. While it’s a great way to show students how I do what they do, it can amount to a lot of paper. I have several notebooks with stories in various stages. I gathered them all together and went through them one by one. On the inside front cover I wrote the titles of all the stories included in that particular notebook. This way I can simply open the notebook and see if it is the one I want. Bam-o!
  3. Ideas – I have a few things I do to keep my ideas together. I have an ideas notebook, an ideas file, and an ideas jar.
    I use the ideas notebook for challenges that I do, like #PiBoIdMo. This way I can start a new page with every idea.
    I use an ideas file on my laptop for the ideas which have more potential on becoming an actual draft. If/When the idea forms into a draft, I move the document into my stories file.
    I use an ideas jar to keep all my best ideas where I can see them. REALLY see them. I have a jar (large pickle jar that I’ve cleaned to be precise) on my table next to my laptop. Inside that jar is scraps of paper. On each paper is an idea. Whenever I get stuck, feel in a rut, or just blah about my writing, I pull out my stack of papers and go through them. Something will trigger in my brain and there goes my imagination.
    The thing I’ve found about keeping my ideas up front and center is that it keeps my muse happy. A happy muse and you’re writing. Bam-o!
  4. Thumb drives – Or as I say back it all up and then back it up again. Back in the dinosaur age of computers, I used floppy disks to back up my writing. One day my floppy disk stopped working and said it was corrupted. THANKFULLY it was at the beginning of my career. I didn’t have many stories. Most of them were mailed *yes, mailed* out on submissions and I got those back. Three weren’t. I remembered the jist of two and lost the other one. Lesson learned! Now I back up my stories on a thumb drive (organized by files), on email, and I have a hard copy printed off. Overkill? Maybe, but I have it.  😀  Thumb drives are wonderful, compact, and have multi uses.

Maybe this can help you on your journey. Let’s start 2016 in a positive note. One where we have a writing right where we need it to be, so we can push it further!

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How are preparing for the new year?
Do you have different ways to organize your writing?
What are some things that work for you?

Until next time,

Happy Writing!
~t

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Tuesday Tips – Putting Yourself Out There

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Putting Yourself Out There

For those of us who are leery of tooting our own horn, there are ways you can begin to get your name out there.

Organizations

There are several organizations you can join to begin networking.

  • SCBWI
  • State Writing Organizations
  • Reading Organizations (RIF, First Books, IRA are a few)

Guest Blog

Some will give a CTA on their blog looking for  guest bloggers. You can also offer to write a post on someone else’s blog. Usually you will give a short bio and a few social links to go along with the post.

Talk About Others

Give shout outs to people who inspire you, who you find doing what you want to do, who have accomplished something major, or any other thing you would like to give a pat on the back. Letting people know that you think they are doing something awesome is… well, awesome!  🙂  Then when you have happy news, you will more than likely get those shout outs coming back at you.

Volunteer

You can do something as simple as reading at a local public library or school library. Or you can offer to help during a conference or convention. The main thing is you will learn first hand knowledge on the inner workings, what works better, and how to handle certain situations.

 

While you doing this, you are networking with people in your field. You will become more comfortable on working with people and how to approach them too. Putting yourself out there can be a scary, unsure thing, but it will also get you an added bonus when trying to excel in your field.

 

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Are there some other organizations you love to be apart of?
How else do you get your name out there?

Until next time…

Happy Writing!
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Thinking Thursday… GET ORGANIZED!

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Get Organized!

As a writer I know a lot of our desks look like the one above.   😉   😉   You have bits of paper here. An outline over on that corner. There is a jar of pencils and your favorite pen. A picture or quote of inspiration over there. It’s what I call organized chaos.

We do need SOME sort of organization though. We have to keep a thought process going to get from Point A to Point B without creating any detours along the way. Plus we usually have more than one thing going. A planner, journal, or to-do list can help keep you on track.

A lot of people have been using Bullet Journaling. I wasn’t sure what it was until Kate Messner blogged about it last week. Upon reading, I realized I already did something similar.   🙂   Maybe Bullet Journaling isn’t for you. Or you like something a little bit different? I thought I would share my version I’ve been doing for over six months now.

I call it Calendaring… for lack of a better term. The reason why I started was because of Summer Sparks Writing Challenge. I had a lot going on:

  • regular blog post
  • researching for additional regular blog posts
  • scheduling guest bloggers
  • getting guest bloggers post
  • formatting (regular & guest) blog posts
  • making sure I had them scheduled correctly
  • setting up and running contests through rafflecopter

And that was only for my blog. It was a lot (for me at least 😉 ) and I needed a way to make sure I kept everything straight. So I opened up a new file and created a simple calendar format in excel:

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Next, I made a separate file for the individual months:

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Then I clicked into the correct month and started planning. As you can see, I have the days of the week as well as a “TO DO” column. For my TO DO column, I like to sit down on Sunday and plan my week.

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Then whenever a task is completed, I highlight it in green!  🙂  I like to see a lot of green!!! By using excel, it’s really easy to fill in the background color with a few clicks.

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This has been my lifesaver!!!

The first thing I do when I sit down at my laptop is open up my calendar. I look over what I need to do that day and I’ll look over my TO DO column to see if I can work on it or complete something.

I’m going to include my 2015 months downloads for you to use. Feel free to save on your computer or print it out. If you choose to print this out, one month will take up two pages. I did this to give me enough space to write things.

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02-February2015
03-March2015
04-April2015
05-May2015
06-June2015
07-July2015
08-August2015
09-September2015
10-October2015
11-November2015
12-December2015

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Let me know what you think of my organizational process.
What do you do to keep things organized?
Are there other techniques you’ve heard of?
I’m always open to trying new things. You never know what may click with you!

Until next time…

Happy Writing!
~t

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