I’m so excited to be gearing up for the Badgirlz Summer Blitz! My challenge is going to be to expand a novella I’ve recently written and get it ready for submission by August 1st. I’m enthusiastic! I have a plan! Bring it on! But in the middle of night last night, I came to a realization: this summer, my writing isn’t the only thing that needs a blitz. I’ve got a lot of things I want to kill with awesomeness this summer, and none of them are going to happen on their own! Of course, abject failure at potty training the Sunshine Boy doesn’t count. That’s coming along just fine, thank you very much.
The sleepless night that followed my realization led me to an unfamiliar conclusion: I have got to get organized. Seriously. If I want to kick ass in the Blitz AND de-clutter, de-stress, be an awesome mama, eat more veggies, get more sleep, and all the other great summer possibilities, I need a plan.
So, I bought a planner. A big one, with daily, weekly, and monthly pages, plus a whole bunch of room for notes and a lot of corporate-slash-new-age goals pages, too. I’m going to use this to plot my manuscript changes and plan my writing time, and keep track of the rest of my life, too. I’m going to write down my next day’s to-do list so I can get it out of my mind and get some damn sleep. Plan healthy meals. All that stuff–and it’s all going to be in one place.
For some people, angst and stress can fuel their craft, but I’m the opposite. For the most part, I write happy, so it’s hard for me to get in a creative frame of mind when I’m feeling jumbled up–and I’m not the most organized person in the world, so you can imagine where that leaves my writing at the end of a hectic day. Already, knowing that I have a system in place is helping the plotting wheels turn more smoothly.
When the official kickoff begins, I’ll be checking in with my progress and details of what I’m working on. In the meantime, I’d like to know your tips and tricks to help get you focused and stay organized in your writing and other endeavors.
As always, Happy writing!