Wednesday, September 3, 2014

5 Time Savers for Writers

1) Automate tweets using Hootesuite or Buffer. I recently read in Write. Publish. Repeat, that the best thing we can do to contribute to our success as an author is to write, alot—go for quality and quantity. I've heard this for many years from some of the literary greats (Anne Lamott & Natalie Goldberg.) But it is especially true for indie authors. So when we're in the process of building our platform, the social media distractions can pulls us away from the actual work of writing. Interacting is important and connection is key, but prepping some posts ahead of time and scheduling them can reduce the temptations online. 

2) Create a timeline. Or an outline. I know, it might sound counterintuitive to spend time doing something so that you can do it. But bear with me. I find that if I write down my writing goals for that stretch of time, I'm more likely to meet the benchmarks I set out for myself. For instance: I want to finish chapter thirteen, add some detail about a character in chapter two, and make sure I spend a little bit of time fleshing out a scene that's to come, so I can be prepared for it as I move closer to it in the manuscript. By having timeline I am better able to manage how much time I allot to each item. Then there's the gratifying crossing out of said line item as I go. 

3) Set an incentive. If say, I complete my goals outlined in number two I receive an award of my choosing. For instance take out, those shoes I've been eyeing. (I know one of my favorite things about my job is that I don't need footwear, strictly speaking. But a gal needs shoes!) Or you can put x amount of cash aside for a writers retreat, conference, or workshop, that way I;m reinvesting in myself. Brilliant, right? 

4) Step away to rest and recharge. Likely when you return to your project, you will have a fresh perspective, renewed motivation, and the energy to go full throttle.

5) Value your time. I'm as guilty as the next person when it comes to frittering away my precious writing hours to check my social media, get sidetracked on a really great blog, or "window" shopping. And while I for sure can benefit from an insightful article or connecting, if it's time to write, and I'm not, that means priority 1 is not happening. At the end of the day I know I will feel awesome of I met or came near my writing goals...not the new shoes I bought (because duh, writers who are seated. At a desk. Really don't need shoes on their feet. But you know what I mean.) If self discipline isn't realistic use one of these cool programs to temporarily block access from the internet. Here and here


Any tips you've learned to save time? 


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