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Writer to Writer - May 2010

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Do you feel neglected?

I'm sorry if you do - it's been around a month since I last wrote.  It's been busy here in my world with copywriting work, blog issues, fiction writing and submissions, and sick kids.

I'm almost back on track, which is a relief.

It's also just as well because next week I'm off to a one-day romance writing conference in South Australia. This will be my first time at this interstate conference, and I'm really looking forward to it.

There are four members of my writing group attending (including me), and I'm sure we'll all have a great time.

While I'm in SA I'll be catching up with a couple of long-time writing friends, whom I haven't seen for a little over three years.  Unfortunately, due to family and writing commitments, I'll only be there for two and a half days, but it's better than nothing.

I strongly believe in writers educating themselves regularly, and if you've been with me a while, you'll know I undertake at least one course each year.  Sometimes that course is closely related to writing, like this one, and other times it's loosely related - like the time I took a web design course. (Which has also helped with my income.)

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Okay, let's get onto this week's article. 

Writers tend to juggle a lot of projects at the same time, but not everyone is proficient in handling them all at once.  Cheryl Malandrinos has written an article to help make your juggling act easier.

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Til next time…




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How to Deal with Incomplete Projects

Cheryl Malandrinos - All Rights Reserved


I have to admit I am impressed with writers who can juggle multiple projects at a time. Me, I’m a one project woman. While I can switch gears among various tasks, I can’t seem to work on more than one story or article idea at a time.


The main reason is I hate unfinished business. For me, there is nothing that zaps productivity more than coming back to an unfinished project. How can you possibly plow through your daily tasks if you’ve got old stuff hanging around?


Is it realistic to believe you’ll always get through every item on your daily to-do list? No. But you can learn to work through unfinished business and minimize it in the future.


First thing you need to do is pull out your to-do list. Mine is electronic, so I get a cup of tea, sit down in front of the computer, and pop up the screen.


Focus only on the unfinished items on your list. Number them in the following way:


1 – Needs immediate attention

2 – Needs work

3 – In good shape


The goal is to schedule some time each day to take care of the items that are numbered as a 1 or 2. If I were to do this, my writing schedule might look like this:


  • Check email
  • Promote virtual book tour stops
  • Blog
  • Network
  • Lunch
  • Write 1 review
  • Submit feedback to critique group
  • Write Chapter 8 of Amelia’s Mission
  • Work on unfinished business – Edit Writer2Writer article
  • Check phone messages and email
  • Set up tomorrow’s to-do list


I’ve placed unfinished business toward the end of my workday because I have responsibilities I can’t ignore in the mornings, and I like to jump into longer projects in the afternoons with a full stomach so I avoid snacking.



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