Linda Maye Adams

5 Links on Time Management for Fiction Writers


I’m wrapping up the week with 5 time management links.  Most of the topics on time management are for freelancers or for management, not fiction writers.   We have special needs, and these writers provide a wide variety of tips on how to work with the challenges of writing fiction.

  1. Jody Headland’s Busy Writer’s Guide to Time Management.  My father worked at home before teleworking was called teleworking.  I think my brother and I did this what she describes to him all the time!  By the way, check it out for the cute puppy picture.
  2. Laura Eno’s Time Management — Insecure Writer’s Support Group.  This one appealed to me because we both participated in the A to Z Challenge.  I finally stopped because I was getting overwhelmed.  There’s some interesting discussion in the comments.
  3. Emerging Writers Studio’s Why Time Management Doesn’t Work for Writers Like Me and What I Finally Did About It.  This hits my own point of making writing a priority.  Though I’m still not doing the early morning thing.  No, no, and no.
  4. 18 Tips from Kicked, Cornered, Bitten, and Chased.  There’s a lot of good stuff here, including on how to minimize distractions.  She’s an animal trainer in Alaska, so some cool pictures of animals.
  5. The Editor’s Blog on Using Time Wisely.  There are some great tips on dealing with emergencies that creep up and how to work around them.

And since it’s Friday, don’t you just hate it when the instructions are badly written?

funny cat pictures - Lolcats: Well, I've got good news and bad news.

Your turn:  What’s the biggest change you’ve made to managing your time and your writing?  How has it impacted other areas of your life?  Post your comments below.

6 Comments

  1. Great list!
    I’m just starting out, so I don’t have many techniques of my own. But I do use a software called Grindstone to keep track of how much time I spend on different tasks, so I can see where my time is going. And what I might need to change.

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  2. Good question! I still haven’t found the secret of time management and it’s all-too-often the writing that suffers. I guess I could just give up eating or sleeping…

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    • The more I read about time management, the more thing all the pundits believe it’s about cramming as much into the minutes as possible. Everything seems to be written for the time when we didn’t have computers, internet or social media.

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