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?

Until next time,

Happy Writing!
~t

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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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Wednesday Writers…

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As I am winding my blog down for the year, I would like to highlight some authors who I think are just plain out awesome sauce! I fully recommend their books and think they would look wonderful sitting on your shelf (the books, not the author. *hahaha*). So please read below and see what these people do for the industry, and if you will… buy some of their books.

Julie Gribble

Julie Gribble

Julie Gribble is the owner of New York Media Works which creates and produces works for children and the children’s literature community in both the United States and Great Britain. She founded KidLit TV to help children’s authors and illustrators broaden their audience by using new technologies to complement and promote their work. KidLit TV is the first online resource of its kind for parents, librarians, teachers, and kid lit creators.

Find out more about Julie, KidLit.TV, New York Media Works, and her amazing book at her WEBSITE.

Tara Lazar

wpid-tarafall2011picclose.jpgTara Lazar is the founder and leader of PiBoIdMo. A picture book writer’s challenge to come up with 30 ideas in 30 days. She has just completed her 7th annual contest. She is the author of The Monstore, I Thought This Was A Bear Book, & Little Red Gliding Hood.

Find out more about Tara and her amazing books at her WEBSITE.

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Susanna Hill

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Susanna Hill offers an online writing course for picture book writers. She also host many writing contests through the year. Susanna is also a great writer’s advocate as she features a “Would You Read It?” post on her blog as well as “Perfect Picture Book Friday” where she gives a shout out to some of her favorite books.

Find out more about Susanna, her workshop and her amazing books at her WEBSITE.

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Kami Kinard & Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen

kami and s Kami & Sudipta are the FANTASTIC duo who put on the KidLit Summer School. These two multi-talented peeps. *you’ll get this if you’ve attended the classes. :)* Have an assortment of publications to their names.

Find out more about each of them and their awesome books at the their websites… Kami’s WEBSITE & Sudipta’s WEBSITE.

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Elaine Kiely Kearns & Sylvia Liu

Elaine-&-SylviaElaine & Sylvia are the FANTASTIC duo who put together KidLit411. This is the place where you can find tons of links to help you out as a writer and/or illustrator.

Find out more about each of them and their awesome books at their websites… Elaine’s WEBSITE & Sylvia’s WEBSITE.

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Alison Hertz

Alison K. HertzAlison Hertz is not only an author, but a fantastic artist as well. She heads up Doodle Day to help get those creative juices flowing as well as providing a daily exercise to draw and improve your craft.

Find out more about Alison, Doodle Day, and her awesome book at her WEBSITE.

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So there are my few top pics of authors and illustrators to support.

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Let me know if you’ve read any of these books?
Do you know of any other great authors/illustrators you would like to add to my list?

Until next time,

Happy Writing!
~t

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Holiday Contest! – Zipping Around on Christmas Eve by Tracey M. Cox

Hi everyone.

Most writers have heard about the world famous Susanna L. Hill’s Holiday Writing Contest. WHAT? You haven’t heard??? Well go HERE to read about the contest. I’ll wait…

Okay, now that you’re all caught up, I have to say I {{{LOVED}}} listening and dancing to this song growing up. I immediately thought of a spin off and started to work. Would you like to read it? You would? Yay!

But wait! Where ARE my manners. Susanna would be so embarrassed about my hostessing duties. Let me offer you some goodies. Smell that? Yes, fresh out of the oven COOKIES! Peanut Butter Cookies w/ M&M Minis.
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Didn’t think I would forget the chocolate, did you Susanna?  🙂 And don’t forget to grab a cup of cocoa to wash it down.

Now that I’ve made sure you’ve been properly welcomed, here’s my story for Susanna’s contest.

Are you sure you don’t want another cookie? Or need your cocoa refilled?
No?

Okay, here we go…

Zipping Around on Christmas Eve
 
Zipping around on Christmas Eve
All over the town square.
People are out, busy bees
In the frosty, cool, crisp air.

People shopping for their gifts
Tied with a pretty bow.
Others are talking merrily.
Children sledding through the snow.

We can grab some cocoa and join
Right on in.
Skaters spinning. Carolers singing.
Charity bells ring-a-linging.

Christmas trees and twinkling lights
Can be seen all down the street.
Snow falling all around,
Crunching under feet.

We can grab some cocoa and join
Right on in.
Skaters spinning. Carolers singing.
Charity bells ring-a-linging.

Zipping around on Christmas Eve
We have to be on our way.
Everyone now dashes off
To beat Santa and his sleigh.

Want to read more stories? Visit THIS POST on Susanna’s blog to see the list to everyone’s holiday posts!

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Did it get you in the holly, jolly spirit?
Remind you to enjoy all the winter activities?

Until next time,

Happy Writing!
~t

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Thinking Thursday – Thoughtful Writer Gifts

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Thoughtful Writers Gifts

Tis the season.

As a writer, we all know we can be quirky. Why not have some writerly gifts under your tree? So if your wondering what to get the writer in your life or might like some ideas for yourself, I have a board in Pinterest that has some great gift ideas.

Writers’ Wish List

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What did you like on my board?
Know of any other great gift ideas for writers?

Happy Holidays everyone!

Until next time,

Happy Writing,
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#PiBoIdMo Dau 28-30

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PiBoIdMo Day 28-30

I huffed and puffed and sprinted across Tara Lazar‘s blog’s finish line!

Here’s what I’ve done over the last three days…

DAY 28
Paula Yoo encourages us to explore non-fiction and amazing people who we know.
*NF is no longer stiff, stuffy, encyclopedia material. Have fun and entrance your readers.*

DAY 29
Arree Chung encourages us not to give up on an idea.
*If something doesn’t work, look at it from another angle.*

DAY 30
Kim Norman encourages to go mad with our writing.
*Wonky, bonky writers! Make your words, descriptions, & stories sing!*

How did I do?
I’ve added _2_ more idea over the last three days. Giving me a total of _33_. Our 30 day marathon is over! While we’ve crossed the finish line the real.work begins. Now is the time to sort through those ideas and see which ones shine.

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How did you do ?
Do you have a few nuggets?
Don’t forget, even those stinkers can turn out smelling sweet!

Until next time,

Happy Writing!
~t

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#PiBoIdMo Day 25-27

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PiBoIdMo Day 25-27

Only a few more days left over on Tara Lazar‘s blog. Is your ideas jar like a stuffed turkey?

Here’s what I’ve done over the last three days…

DAY 25
AJ Smith shows us where to look for ideas.
*Looking for ideas can turn into finding ideas. Get to looking!*

DAY 26
Pat Z Miller tells us to notice the little things.
*Little things can lead to big ideas.*

DAY 27
Kelly DiPucchio encourages us to sit down and have dinner with our characters.
*Getting to know your characters helps them become three deminsional instead of two demensional.*

How am I doing?
I’ve added _7_ more idea over the last three days. Giving me a total of _31_. Again, this is not a sprint. This is a 30 day marathon. I can see the finish line! Meet you there.

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How are things going?
Only three more days left.  😦  But at the end you’ll have so any ideas to draw from!  🙂 

Until next time,

Happy Writing!
~t

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#PiBoIdM9 Day 22-24

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PiBoIdMo Day 22-24

We are in the final stretch now! I’m getting close to meet the 30 ideas goal  Tara Lazar has set for us. Keep visiting her blog for those inspirational posts!

Here’s what I’ve done over the last three days…

DAY 22
Anna Staniszewski encourages us to take a look at ourselves and embrace our silliness.
*Being different is my super power!*

DAY 23
Katy Duffield encourages to never give up and write your passion.
*I have Peter Pan Syndrome and refuse to grow up! #PBsRule *

DAY 24
Jesse Klausmeier gives us an example on how to use note cards to inspire ideas.
*How many possibilities can there be?*

How am I doing?
I’ve added _5_ more idea over the last three days. Giving me a total of _24_. Again, this is not a sprint. This is a 30 day marathon. I can see the finish line! Meet you there.

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How are you doing?
Only a few days left. Are your ideas like bunnies and multiplying?

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#PiBoIdMo Day 19-21

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PiBoIdMo Day 19-21

Three weeks! Poof! Gone! Wow! Tara Lazar is doing a wonderful job on her blog. Of course she does so every year!  🙂

Here’s what I’ve done over the last three days…

DAY 19
Adam Lehrhaupt & Ame Dyckman team up and show us how having someone to bounce ideas off of cna be a great thing
*Two heads are better than one. CPs are awesome!*

DAY 20
Carolyn Fisher encourages to switch things up when we get stuck.
*Write somewhere else. Type in a different font or size. Doodle.*

DAY 21
Nancy Tupper Ling uses her eyes to find inspiration.
*You only have to look around to find the Nuggets laying round.*

How am I doing?
I’ve added _6_ more idea over the last three days. Giving me a total of _19_. Again, this is not a sprint. This is a 30 day marathon. Keep on going! I’ll see you at the finish line.

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How are you doing?
Are you finding ideas around every corner? Or in unexpected places?

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#PiBoIdBo Day 16-18

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PiBoIdMo Day 16-18

We are over the hump and headed full steam towards the end of the month. Over onTara Lazar‘s blog, people are commentimg away. I’ve enjoyed reading those as well. Have you?

Here’s what I’ve done over the last three days…

DAY 16
Katya Szewczuk encourages to play pretend as our characters to really get to know them.
*Walk a mile in someone’s shoes and see where it leads!*

DAY 17
Ryan Hipp encourages to draw inspiration from our passion.
*Do what you love & you’ll never work.*

DAY 18
Liza Woodruff encourages us to look around and be open to the possibilities that surround us.
*Ask “WHAT IF?” and see where the adventure leads.*

How am I doing?
I’ve added _2_ more idea over the last three days. Giving me a total of _13_. Again, this is not a sprint. This is a 30 day marathon. Keep on going! I’ll see you at the finish line.

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How are you doing?
What was you favorite post of the first half?

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