A Week of Advice for Writers â€“ Day Two: Get Organized
How do you get so much done? I had published a quick post about my writing goals for the week, and one of my writing friends said her head was spinning when she read the objectives I've set for myself. How do I find the time? How do I not run out of topics?
Well honestly, sometimes finding the time can be a problem. But topics? I rarely run out of them! Part of the reason for that is organization (and the other aspect, I'll address in another part of this series.) Because I keep note of possible topics and I have a file of bookmarked references, it's a lot faster for me to write a post.
Write Posts Offline
One of the biggest wastes of time for a web writer is having to reconstruct a post that was lost before it published. Never compose a post directly in the submit form of a site. Write posts in your word processor instead.
This allows you to write when the site is down or when you don't have internet access. It also provides you a backup copy of your post , should the power go out during submission or should the site cease operation without allowing you to retrieve your content.
Create a Writing Template
For each site where you publish, create a blank template that you can fill in as you write your post. Make sure you have a spot for such things as: the image credit for your illustrations; key words, tags and categories; summary or meta description for sites that use it; citations for any references you use.
Using a template makes it faster to fill in all the additional content, so you can just focus on the body of the post itself. I also include formatting in my templates for sites like Persona Paper and Daily Two Cents. Something as simple as a pre-defined style for Latin or French text can save me a lot of extra time when I'm writing a gardening article, or part of my Fun With Words series.
Set Goals for Your Writing
I spoke about goals when I talked about pacing yourself . But setting goals is also part of ensuring that you don't get off track. In order to keep honest, write your goals down and revisit them so you can see whether you accomplished everything you had hoped to.
Many writers like to post their goals in a writers forum. I often publish them where I write , so my readers can help me work on my accountability. Once you've established your goals, be disciplined about writing for a minimum amount of time each day. And revisit those goals regularly, to be sure you are making progress.
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