Time Management (For Writers With Full-Time Jobs)

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The dreaded day job.

Although I love the work I do, my day job puts a damper on my writing time. I often find myself in a situation where I might have 30 minutes of writing time each day. This time is precious, and I have to make the most of what limited writing time I have. As a writer with a full time job, I’ve found small things I can do that can easily be accomplished in 15 to 20 minute segments.

  1. Write a blurb. Although I detest writing these, I can usually whip out a blurb in 15 to 20 minutes. I spend another 15 to 20 minutes cleaning it up.
  2. Write a blog post. Some posts take a while to construct, but some can easily be written in 15 minutes. Take a moment to write one.
  3. Email a bookstore, library, or festival to set up a book signing event or author appearance.
  4. Send an email to your subscribers.
  5. Write an ad or set up a giveaway/ special pricing event.
  6. Work on character development. Make a list of character traits or develop the character’s backstory.
  7. Search for a cover image. You know the old saying, never judge a book by its cover, but people do. You want your cover to draw attention and make a reader want to stop long enough to read the title and/or blurb.
  8. Brainstorm title names. Your title should be short and concise and convey the tone of the story.
  9. Spruce up your author bio.
  10. Develop a tagline. This is a one line hook that grabs a reader’s attention.
  11. Schedule social media posts for the next two days.
  12. Post on social media or respond to posts. Take time to interact with people.
  13. Outline a scene.
  14. Sketch a map of your fantasy/ sci-fi world.
  15. Conduct research. Look online for needed information for a particular scene.
  16. Write 250 words. You’d be surprised how much you can write in 20 minutes.
  17. Revise/ edit a chapter.

Timing is everything. Figure out how long it takes to do something and work it into your schedule. Know how you work and find what works for you.

Every Writer Has Their Own Method

Every writer has their own process. There are no set rules or magic formulas. Follow your own method and do what works for you.

A Writer's Path

How many of you remember the dreaded research papers you had to write in high school?  Raise your hand.  Better off, don’t raise your hand.  That’s too reminiscent of being back in school.  But anyway, I’ll tell you this: if I never have to write another research paper in my life, I won’t complain.

What I hated the most about the process was how formal and rigid it was.  When I was in school, the Internet was still pretty new, so we, the unfortunate victims, spent hours in libraries using dusty reference books that served better as paper weights and taking notes from pages with tiny print.  We had to write on 3×5 notecards in pencil.  We needed to come up with an outline, and this was to be done the proper way with the numbers, letters, Roman numerals, and I don’t even know what.  The rough draft was written…

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Author Spotlight – Danielle Van Alst

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Author Spotlight

For this week’s author spotlight, it’s my pleasure to introduce you to Danielle Van Alst.
DanielleDanielle grew up with a passion for all things literary. She first put pen to paper writing articles for a newspaper she designed and created during elementary school. Danielle’s creative channels evolved into writing poetry, short stories, essays, and children’s books. When not writing her own material Danielle loves reading everything and anything she can get her hands on, especially mysteries, suspense, and historical fiction.
Some of Danielle’s other talents include finding new and creative ways to use sarcasm, spilling/dropping things, being supremely weird without even trying, knitting, and photography.
Danielle attended California State University Northridge where she majored in Psychology and minored in Child Development. She continued her educational pursuit and attended Phillips Graduate University where she earned a Master’s Degree in Psychology with a dual emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy and Professional Clinical Counseling. Months after graduating with her degree, and growing more miserable every day that brought her closer toward a career she truly didn’t want, she finally realized writing was the only career that would make her happy and nourish her soul.
Danielle is a proud member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and is now gleefully concentrating full time on bringing to life her stories and sharing them with the world. Danielle currently resides in Los Angeles, California where she is working on her debut novel.
Let’s take a look at her books.

A World of Imagination

A World of Imagination CoverWhat would you do on a day off from school? Go on an adventure, of course! Meet Charlie, an eight-year-old boy with a flare for using his imagination. Join him as he turns his snow day into a day filled with fun, excitement, and fantasy. Travel with Charlie to the Wild West, the Amazon jungle, and into outer space. Ride along for the thrills as he becomes a race car driver, a pirate, a cowboy, and even a superhero! With a little creativity (and a basement full of junk), there is no limit to where your imagination can take you!

Testimonials: “A World of Imagination tells the story of how eight-year-old Charlie uses his imagination to entertain himself for hours on a surprise snow day. This is exactly what I want for my children – the ability to use their imagination! The rhyme is perfect and the pictures are whimsical allowing your imagination to soar along with Charlie’s.”

Grab your copy of A World of Imagination from Amazon.

 Uncharted – A Journey Through Life in Rhyme

9781546216315_pap.indd  “Beautiful, haunting, insightful poetry.”
As you journey along the path of life, the air heavy with mist surrounding you like a damp cold shawl, your footsteps rhythmically beating upon the ground to the sound of your heart, you realize this path has known obstacles and pain. It is covered in mystery and uncertainty leading you to places unknown. Yet, it also possesses great beauty and wonderment in its ability to shift, alter, and change, guiding your spirit in directions you never dreamed existed. There is magic and awe wrapped within its strange enigma. The path carries the soul through winter, remaining dormant under ice and snow, only to experience the warming thaw and blossoming of the emerging spring. Everyone’s path is perfectly unique and each individual will experience something different as they traverse upon it, for the path leads the soul that journeys along its course with absolute precision. It is a road that twists, turns, and intersects between fate and choice, while always remaining an open field of possibility. When you stand upon the path, where will it take you?

Uncharted is available at Amazon.

You can connect with Danielle through her WebsiteBlogFacebookPatreon, Twitter, or Instagram.

Writer’s Mind

“You don’t have to be crazy to be a writer. But it helps.

There’s a reason most writers are a little unhinged. Einstein is often quoted for saying insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting a different result. I wonder if he realised he was describing a typical day for a writer.” See the original article to read more.

Two Writing Tips That Every Writer Needs to See

Useful tips, especially love the first one.

Liam-J-Cross Writing&Editing

Liam J Cross


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Writing is, in its own way, very similar to the journey of life as a whole: it’s tough and rough, there are no shortcuts, it leaves you with very little time to truly relax, and most importantly, it should never be something that is faced alone.

I guess the only upside at least, is that with writing, finding that help isn’t so difficult. Writers can hire people to help them in their quest. They have access to boatloads of fantastic freelance editors (including yours truly,) coaches and illustrators, and with all of them combined, it makes the task of writing a little less difficult.

In life, you’re all alone for the most part, and not all of that time can be spent farting loudly and laughing about it – sadly.

Of course, there are potential pitfalls to seeking help with your writing. Like what if you hire a…

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What I Learned Writing My First Book

As writers, all of us have made mistakes along the way, but we’ve learned from mistakes and have become better writers because of them. Here’s a great article on some of the many things writers learn from writing their first novel.

Michael James

Writing a novel is hard.  That’s what I learned.  The end.

Thanks for reading, everyone!

Okay I may have figured out a few other things.  It’s a laborious and thankless job with a remote chance of payoff in the end.  Still, it’s better than the alternative, which is not writing a book.

In Feb, 2017, I completed the final sentence of the first draft of my book. It clocks in at about 80,000 words and took about 7 months to write. It was my first attempt at writing a novel, and I’m pretty proud of myself for finishing.

1. I LEARNED HOW TO BE FINE WITH BEING TERRIBLE.

I put this first because it was the hardest lesson to learn and slowed me down the most. The first draft does not need to be perfect. For my first two months of writing, I was unable to move past a chapter…

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