If you’re like me, you have multiple books in progress at once. I have two novels I am revising. Another two which are almost ready to publish, and two in development. This is in addition to my daily journal where I jot down ideas and the first drafts some of the pieces I create, including my blogs. To keep up, I made a writing schedule.
Such agendas are an excellent tool to control the various things you may be working on. The one I created for myself is modest. An excel workbook consisting of worksheets with dates and projects is what I use. The list uses a maximum number of four spaces for the scheduled items for the day. The lines consist of three columns, one which names the item, blog, for example.
The third is the action column, compose, revise, or develop depending on where they stand. Also, I added one labeled completed. All this means is I did something for the title that day, noted by entering either a one or a zero. After that, I divided each worksheet by month and further broke it down into weeks, Saturday through Friday.
My system works because I can tell what I want to work on every day up to four of them. Now when I spend an hour or so on a piece, I mark a one under the complete heading for the day. Mine is a somewhat complicated, and some might say, sophisticated checklist.
You don’t need a spreadsheet to do this. Mine has some automation in that I use a drop-down menu to list whether a project is in the composition, development or editing stage of the process. The agenda helps me set out the week’s tasks in advance. This is what does for me and might do so for you as well. All you would need is a calendar and a pen. Draw a line through each as you go during your planned session.
Fill in the titles you want to do for that and cross each off as you go. This is a simple concept which can help you to keep to your plan. At least, this is how the method goes in my process. Your results may be different. Of course, you might find it doesn’t work at all for you.
Perhaps you need something more detailed, like adding time to your scheme. I find I do better with a little organization but not too much. Some people like a lot of detail and you can build it into this idea. Other people can’t handle any at all.
A vague listing will do. Use something like, I want to write a bit in project X. Follow it with I want edit y for an hour, and the plot for z on the same day.
This is how I stay organized. So if you are having trouble juggling your stories, give scheduling a try. Perhaps it will work as well for you.
I’m totally disorganised in my attempts at staying organised. I probably have a to-do list somewhere, but it’s good that I stumbled across this post so I can get a glimpse of how other writers do things. Thanks for sharing!