O is for Organization

This post is part of the Blogging from A to Z challenge–blogging every day in the month of April (except Sundays!) with each letter of the alphabet.

As I build my career as a writer and my list of publications gets blessedly longer, I find a pertinent need to organize my schedule. This is particularly true when you’re with multiple publishers and they all want different things at different times. Just like methods of making notes, everyone organizes themselves in different ways. For me personally I have a physical paper date book that I write things down in, so I can look at everything in front of me at once and know where I stand.

What does a writer need to organize? These are the things I keep track of:

Publication dates: Keeping track of when works are coming out helps you organize events pertaining to those publications–blog posts, giveaways, book tours, parties. You would think the release day is a day of kicking back and celebrating, but it’s actually a very busy day. I don’t mind though, it’s a happy kind of work for me.

Edits and revisions: My edits with my editor have to be back by a certain date, and I need to keep track of that. I also pencil in what days I know I’ll have blocks of time to work on those revisions. Edits are time consuming–especially the first rounds. I have to make sure I make space for them.

Publicity: Keeping track of where you’re going to be advertising yourself on what day is important. I do guest spots on blogs, radio shows, tours, Facebook parties…trust me, you don’t want to realize you have to be somewhere talking about yourself ten minutes before you’re supposed to show up!

Deadlines: Part of writing is making deadlines, whether professional or personal. One of my personal deadlines was to finish the third Siren Song book by the end of February. And I did–on February 28th at 9 p.m. Deadline met!

How about you, how do you organize yourself as a writer? Are there some tricks and secrets you’d like to share?

10 thoughts on “O is for Organization

  1. I’m a total mess without sticking to my organization and planning techniques. I have to have my weekly checklist to keep myself on track. Without it, things just flat don’t get done! Thank you so much for visiting me during A to Z so I had the chance to come find you! Elle @ Erratic Project Junkie

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    1. I’m the same way–I’d go crazy without being organized. Thanks for stopping by, it’s great to meet you!

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  2. I’ve never really thought much about organization. Besides my notebook, I keep a folder in dropbox which includes whatever I’m working on. The folder can then be divided into other folders if need be. (First Draft, Second Draft, Characters, Timeline). I like to keep each separate.

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    1. That sounds pretty organized to me! My Dropbox is not nearly so organized, LOL. I think I need to do a bit of cleaning out and rearranging…

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. I couldn’t function without being organised. To do lists work for me, and also I keep a document that I temporarily dump ideas or dialogue into, until I use them. It’s interesting to get to the end of a story and see how much (or how little) is left in that “I don’t know if this belongs anywhere” document.

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    1. That’s a great idea. Then you always have it on hand if you need something–and you can use the leftovers for other stories!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. This year, I plan on being a bit more organized. I use todo lists and they really help me figure out what to do and keep me on track.

    ~Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
    Member of C. Lee’s Muffin Commando Squad
    Story Dam
    Patricia Lynne, Indie Author

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    1. I like to-do lists too. They help keep me on track.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. I love organization but mine is constantly evolving. I’m still working on what “works” for me. Thanks for these thoughts.

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    1. You’re welcome! Thanks for stopping by!

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