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#IWSG–Steps taken for my writing and publishing

writers groupThis post is for Alex Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writers Support Group (click the link for details on what that means and how to join. You will also find a list of bloggers signed up to the challenge that are worth checking out. The first Wednesday of every month, we all post our thoughts, fears or words of encouragement for fellow writers.

This month’s insecurity – What steps have you taken to put a schedule in place for your writing and publishing?

I am by nature a scheduled person. I work better that way. In the case of my writing, I have TODO lists all over the place–and follow them. This one is in Google Keep which keeps me synced across all my digital devices:

BIATT is my acronym for my WIP, Born in a Treacherous Time. I had about ten items below this that I have thankfully completed, albeit a bit late.

I’ve taken the public step of posting Milestones on the side of my blog, WordDreams, to remind me–and readers–that this is my commitment.

Of course, WordPress Milestones are easy to edit and I have already done so several times. But I don’t mind rethinking goals.

I’m interested in what others do to keep on schedule. I’ll be over to visit!

More IWSG articles:

What would I change if I could

No to NaNoWriMo

Am I surprised by my writing?


Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the upcoming Born in a Treacherous Time. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer,  a columnist for TeachHUB, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning.

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85 thoughts on “#IWSG–Steps taken for my writing and publishing

  1. What a great idea to post your milestones on the blog. I admire your organization! I keep saying I am going to be more organized and then all of the sudden another year has passed and I’m still not. Good luck with your plans!

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  2. I love how organized you are Jacqui. I’d have to say I’m pretty organized in a similar way with goals and to dos although life is pretty good at throwing me curve balls. But I’ve learned a lot of fancy dance steps to somehow always work my way around them. 🙂

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  3. Hi Jacqui – I was going to get myself organised this year … but two things – one stupid me … did something remarkable stupid as I was leaving to come out here, and then 2ndly this is not quite what I’d hoped for … ah well – things will pan out … but you’ve got so much going on – you need to be organised and are – it shows: thus good luck for 2018 … cheers Hilary

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    • I want to say you’ll have lots of time for writing, in a new geographic area, but that’s probably not true at all. Moving, even temporarily, is stressful, leaching from our creativity. I’ll be following along on your blog posts!

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  4. Your comment on teachers not wanting to abandon teaching handwriting for typing really caught my attention. As a second and third grade teacher who worked with many special needs students over the years, I saw the connections between handwriting and thinking, not to mention the impact it had on motor skills, fine and gross. Schedules and To Do Lists can be very motivating! With all that you’ve accomplished, you’ve got them working to support your efforts! All the best in the new year!

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    • There is so much to gain from handwriting but I fear we’re losing that battle. Keyboarding ultimately will lose to, to voice. We’ll have to come up with a different way to reinforce thought processes.

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  6. I keep a to-do list the old-fashioned way: in a day-planner. Which is weird because most everything else I do is digital. But I find jotting my list down, along with my schedule for the week, helps me stick to it.

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  7. I will finish this month and send for publishing the pdf of both volumes of “Rightness’ Friends”. In March there will be the book launching. Next month I want to finish the first draft of “Other turmoils of life”, which I worked on during NaNo but still needs 7 chapters more. I have an old manuscript to revise in view to publishing for Camp NaNo in April.

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  8. I needed this injection of sanity. I used to be organized, so very organized. Then I became an author and blogger ~ which is nothing like being an RN, working my shift, then going home and kicking back. Thanks for sharing this, Jacqui. Happy New Year, my friend! ❤

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  9. Happy New Year, Jacqui! Your Naval Academy book sounds very interesting to me. I set one of my novels (Streamline) there because I’m rather fascinated by testing yourself to the limit like midshipmen do.

    I love the visual of your writing schedule! All there in black and white. Good luck with the release of Born in a Treacherous Time!

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  10. Your planning and targetting is impressive, Jacqui. I schedule my writing and have little difficulty sticking to it (due to my enforcer muses), but marketing is where I need to sit down and get serious about a plan. I’m terrible at it! *Sigh* Maybe you just inspired me. 😀

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  11. I just discovered Google Keep a month ago, and I’m going to give it a try in terms of organization, but that simply isn’t a strong suit of mine. We’ll see how it goes. I’m jealous of folks like you who are organized by default. Thanks for the post, and happy writing to you. Also, happy 2018! 🙂

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    • It took me a long time to get used to Keep but now I’m glad I did. Not because it’s difficult–it seemed to simple. They’ve added just enough enhancements to work for me. I love how fast it loads. That means I don’t forget what I want to jot down.

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  12. Sounds wonderfully organised, Jacqui and I like how you’re also flexible within this! I have a schedule in my head…print proofs are arriving tomorrow so once they’re checked the paperback will be released. Next month I want to work mainly on my novel revisions….good luck with your plans and books! 😀

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