Frequently Asked Question: What steps have you taken or plan to take to put a schedule in place for your writing and publishing?

insecure2bwriters2bsupport2bgroup2bbadgeThis question comes from the Insecure Writer’s Support Group.

You know, I really am not great about doing this.  Living with an autoimmune disease kicks my butt sometimes, and that means that what Robbie Burns said about the best-laid plans of mice and men comes true far more often than I’d like it to.

I’ve set up regular features for this blog that I do my best to keep up.  I’m in edits on It Happened in Memphis and Other Stories … and I have a new idea for another short fiction collection niggling at me.  It hasn’t jelled quite yet, but it’s in the “definitely maybe” stage.  When there’s more than that, I’ll start working on it. An honest-to-Deity writing schedule?  Not so much.

As for publishing?  My goal with IHIMAOS is to be published in time for InD’Scribe … but if that doesn’t happen, I’ll be fine.  I would rather not rush the book for some artificial deadline and have it fall short of my own standards.

I do have two personal goals for 2018: to spend more in-person time with friends, and to hear more live music. I find that both of these things help my creative juices, and I’ve been neglecting both.

How about you?  If you’d like to share your writing goals and/or your personal goals for 2018, please feel free to chime in at the Comments section.



5 thoughts on “Frequently Asked Question: What steps have you taken or plan to take to put a schedule in place for your writing and publishing?

  1. So, it sounds to me like one of your goals for 2018 is to nurture your inner creative spirit. That’s great! I love that live music inspires you. Thanks for the post, and happy writing to you. Also, happy 2018! 🙂

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  2. I have pushed myself with self imposed dealines in the past. Once I committed it was hard not to do it, but it is better to make it the best work over a timeline, I agree. I have backed off on that too. This year I am focusing on my health and ways to improve it and pulling back from all my “helping” I tend to do at my own expense:) I see this as a nature and writing year. May it be a creative and healthy year for all of us.

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  3. Great goals! I tried to create two goals like that, too. Each day, all my to-do list has to find a way to fall under the two phrases … that part is the challenging part, but it makes me take a second look at my “busy” schedule and figure out what’s really important.
    Happy Writing 2018!


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