An obvious core habit for the successful writer must be the selection of an organisational approach or method to their writing. Organisation and time management are key elements to productivity.
In this bonus post I don’t intend going on about the many possible organisational approaches for writers. Instead, I’ll leave some links and books.
O is for Organisation
This post isn’t yet another productivity post – many of those can be found in this series already. There is a lot of help on the topic of organisation and productivity for writers found in specific books, and many blog posts. See my recommended or further reading list below.
What I will briefly share is that I’m an in-betweener personally. I work mostly electronically – so those files are very much organised, catergorised and easily searched for. But when it comes to the more physical side of things – invoices, books even, I’m a liker of clutter. Plus I’m a bit of a geek, so I enjoy trying out new systems, software etc. All of these can overly complicate any system, so I’m also developing a core habit of stream-lining and de-cluttering.
Organisation is not only an investment of money – files, apps, software, books, shelves, cabinets… but also an investment in time. I’ve learnt to choose an organisational approach that works with my own likings and mindset, and is easily maintained once set up. I’ve also chosen apps and devices that have backup options, and a long-term life strategy so that I can rely on them into the future.
That’s the reality of my organisational approach – somewhat hodge-podge. But from this I can suggest a core habit beneficial to advancing my own writing life –
- Find an organisational approach for the electronic and physical side of writing, and maintain it – file, categorise, and store. Think about:
- Ease of use – and reuse.
- Compatibility between various systems.
- Backup and storage requirements.
- Develop an organised approach to your writing internally also, which allows you the productivity necessary for writing, re-writing and finishing your writing. Think about –
- Julie Hood has OrganizedWriter.com where an ebook is sold on the subject. This book, ‘The Organized Writer’ follows a 30 day program to organise. The site and supplementary planners haven’t been updated since 2009, but there is some information available onsite also.
- Annie Neugebauer holds an Organized Writer menu on her blog, offering several free to download templates on things like a Writer’s Resume, a Query template and an Editing Symbols chart.
- There is a subscription website The Organized WriterTM which offers a submission tracker, an idea database, and a few other services, if you like to keep these things online.
- Stacey Crew, author of The Organized Mom has a guest post up at Where Writers Win – ‘The Organized Writer.’
- KM Weiland at Wordplay just wrote a post on writer organisation.
|Way of the Cheetah – How to Boost Your Personal Productivity by Lynn Viehl (Paperback Writer). For April 2013, Lynn has kindly shared the PDF of this book, written for writers. It is shared for free.Read the details from the blog post here.|
|The Kaizen Plan for Organized Authors: Take Control of Your Writing Career 10 Minutes at a Time|
|The Productive Writer: Tips & Tools to Help You Write More, Stress Less & Create Success|
|Mind Mapping for Writers: How to Improve Productivity, Overcome Procrastination, Get Creative and Finish Writing That Book – Using Your Lack of Focus as an Advantage|
|The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (Expanded and Updated)|
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