Writers Need To Schedule Time

28 May

003And good morning to all of you on this 28th day of May, 2013!

What’s happening with all of you today?

Today I do my SEO content work for customers until 10:30.  Then I post a new article on HubPages and then I will write my blog for tomorrow.

After lunch I will work on an editing job I am doing, and after that some research and reading about developing a platform.

Why do I tell you that?  I believe writers need to have organization and structure. It is much too easy, working for yourselves, to get distracted and waylaid by some other pressing issues. I don’t allow that to happen. I set my schedule each day and I stick with it, come hell and high water.


Organize your workday as you would if you had a regular job working for someone else.  If you are attempting to make money from your writing then writing is your job. Treat it like one.


“Substitute “damn” every time you’re inclined to write “very;” your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.” ~Mark Twain

Come on…that’s funny!  And he speaks the truth about cutting the excess from our work. There is such a thing as being too wordy, and trying too hard to describe that which needs very little description.  If we have done our job as a writer, we have little use for words like “very.”


The Iowa Award In Poetry, Fiction, & Essay, sponsored by the Iowa Review.  You can find their website at www.iowareview.org.  The deadline for the contest is January 1-31, and the first place prize is $1000 and publication in their review.


The National Association of Women Writers can be found at here.  Belonging to a national organization looks good on your writing resume.  Check them out.


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No, I won’t tell you where this picture came from.  I hope you like it and I hope it kickstarts your creativity for the day.


Oh, probably a myriad of things, but that’s going to be it for today.  I have people to see, places to go and best-sellers to write.  Until tomorrow, may the pen flow across the page and may your writing dreams all come true.


17 Responses to “Writers Need To Schedule Time”

  1. Janine Huldie May 28, 2013 at 5:33 pm #

    Love the prompt today and makes me wish it wasn’t raining again outside. But I guess I could write about beautiful, warm sunny weather at the very least! Hope you are having a great day again Bill!!

    • Bill Holland May 28, 2013 at 5:53 pm #

      Janine, we are on day five of rain here, but good weather will be here Friday. In the meantime, it’s a great day to write. 🙂 Thanks as always my friend.

  2. natashalh May 28, 2013 at 7:12 pm #

    I was kind of trying to explain this to my family last night. I was telling them about how I’d written this and was working on that and already had things scheduled to auto post a week from now. I think they were mostly really confused. Oh, well, at least they didn’t try to argue with me!

    • Billybuc May 28, 2013 at 7:52 pm #

      Natasha, I’m not sure it is possible to explain the life of a writer to a non-writer. I try to do the same with Bev, and she is so very supportive, but I know she doesn’t get it. 🙂 Thanks for the visit.

  3. pictimilitude May 28, 2013 at 7:37 pm #

    Scheduling and making time to “do your job” are the keys to success – or at least two keys on the keyring called success, lol.
    Have a wonderful day! Thanks for sharing those links.

    • Bill Holland May 28, 2013 at 7:50 pm #

      My pleasure, Cyndi, and thanks for stopping by. I know you know all about scheduling and using time wisely.

  4. Ruchira May 28, 2013 at 8:39 pm #

    awesome, Bill.

    I agree with you with regards to making a schedule. Unfortunately, today is a pretty darn lazy day for me…can’t seem to focus so thought of stopping by your blog to get some inspiration.

    Congrats on another success of your article being bought by another magazine..yeah!

    • Bill Holland May 28, 2013 at 8:42 pm #

      Thank you Ruchira!….I have those days on Friday…no motivation at all….and so I just stop at noon and play the rest of the day.

  5. Melanie Chisnalll May 29, 2013 at 6:42 am #

    Awesome quote! I’ve heard about not using the word ‘very’ when you write and have tried not to do that. Makes a huge difference. I’ve got to confess that I’ve been a little slack at home lately. I used to be so good with my schedule and being organised, but lately because I’ve been so demotivated over the past week or so, I’ve let things slide. Today, I’m drawing up a plan today and am going to make the effort to stick to it. Thanks my friend for keeping me on my toes! 🙂

    • Bill Holland May 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm #

      Mel, I sense your demotivation is because of disappointment over your book, as you have mentioned before. World through it, Mel. You are too good of a writer to stay on the shelf. How come you don’t write more about animals since that is your passion???

  6. Shauna May 29, 2013 at 4:10 pm #

    Bill, I can’t get the naww link to work. All I get is the web host logo. Are you able to get in? I’ve tried several times yesterday and today and – nothing!

    • Bill Holland May 29, 2013 at 4:17 pm #

      Sheez, I don’t know what I did…try this….http://www.acronymfinder.com/National-Association-of-Women-Writers-(NAWW).html

      • Shauna May 29, 2013 at 4:36 pm #

        That doesn’t work either. I get a 404 error message. I even tried typing in the name of the organization. All I can find is a woman’s blog who was interviewed by NAWW (with no link to the site). 😦

      • Bill Holland May 29, 2013 at 4:38 pm #

        I’m sorry, Sha. I don’t know what the problem is…mine comes up right away.

      • Shauna May 29, 2013 at 5:01 pm #

        It must be my computer, then. I’ll just keep trying. Thanx for checking for me!

  7. Liz May 29, 2013 at 4:38 pm #

    I love that photo! And I always think of that Mark Twain quote every time I write the word “very”. It’s been very helpful. Oops.

    • Bill Holland May 29, 2013 at 4:47 pm #

      LOL….a look at the waterfront in Olympia…a “very” pretty place to live I might add. 🙂

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