May 22

Getting My Game Face On!

woman-helmetI’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!


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  1. Elizabeth Michels

    Organization? You’re speaking my language, Syd! I keep all of my plot notes on my big ass plot board. But, I also have a white board I think I would die without. It rotates from laying out a series to mapping where everyone is standing in an action scene to blog dates. It’s whatever I’m currently working on. I love your planner idea! I need to be more organized about dates, so I might try that too. Let me know how it goes! :)

    1. Sydney

      I will! I’m hoping it helps me form better, more organized habits.

  2. Patty McKenna Van Hulle

    I am so jealous of organized folks! I try, but my furry Simba chews on my papers. Never bills or hated paper only the GOOD books and my review notes! I did see from a FB friend a notebook with a rubber band thingie that keeps everything under the covers!

  3. Jenna P

    Ah yes….the big ass planner. I’ve got one of those. I also have a spreadsheet to tally up my daily wordcount and see if I’m on target.

    People laugh, but I pretty much plan out every minute of my day. I have to in order to get everything done. When I get off track I get all flustered and don’t function well. When I was a kid, I actually planned out every minute of my morning to make sure I could get ready for school in the least amount of time.

    Okay, so maybe I’m OCD. But hey….it works. Or at least it makes me THINK it works.

    1. Sydney

      I never used to be like this, but I’m quickly becoming a believer in organization. There’s so much that HAS to be done, we won’t ever get around to the things we actually want to do otherwise!

  4. Heather McGovern

    Good for you, Syd! Keep us posted on how you like the planner, how it works for you, etc.

    Like you, I have more than a novel I want to succeed at this summer. At the top of my list is fitness, eating healthy and reading for pleasure again. However, I don’t own a planner, but I am the queen of lists and the occasional spreadsheet.

    I don’t own a paper calender or watch either. EMichels pointed out there are NO clocks in my house. Hmmm. This probably means something, but I’ve never thought about it. Besides, my phone and laptop have a clock AND all my plans. (If lose either, I’m screwed.) Either way, I think if you find a system that works for you, stick with it.

    Hope you and your mighty planner are very happy together. :)

    1. Sydney

      No clocks, that’s awesome! I don’t have a watch, either, but I figure there’s a clock on my phone, in the car, on the oven…who needs one?

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