Back to School and Your Writing
Malandrinos- All Rights
Back to school season is upon us and that
means it’s time to get your writing schedule back on
track now that the lazy days of summer are almost
Even if you don’t have kids going back to
school, it’s a great time to get serious about your
writing career so that the last two quarters of the
year are productive.
Here are some tips to get you
Clean Up Your Work Area
Nothing puts the stops on motivation quicker
than a messy work area. Clean out everything you
don’t need, to make room for all those exciting new
projects you want to tackle.
Stock Up on Office Supplies
If you have a child going back to school
you’re probably going to be visiting an office supply
store anyway. Why not make a list of everything you
need to stock up your home office for the next month
r two? This will save you an additional trip to pick
up envelopes etc when you’re ready to submit that
And don’t forget to swing by the Post Office
to buy stamps.
Create or Revise Your Contact
Every writer needs to have one of these.
Yes, it’s a time consuming task, but once it’s done
all you have to do is add new contacts as you make
them or update the information for your current
contacts. I keep all my contacts in Microsoft
Outlook. It sure beats looking for one business card
in a pile of hundreds. And my contacts automatically
feed into my electronic Address Book so I don’t waste
time looking for a person’s email address when I need
it. Just one click, and it’s done.
Now that you’re ready to start writing, here
are a few ways to stick to your writing
Review Your Goals
Summer usually means we don’t set as many
goals or try not to stress when we don’t meet them.
It’s time to figure out what you’ve accomplished and
what is still outstanding. Make a new to-do list and
post it over your desk so you can keep it in plain
Track Your Time
As a writer, you’re probably juggling
multiple projects, performing research for
assignments, and balancing all that with your home
Knowing where your time goes can help you
Whether you use a spreadsheet, time-tracking
software, or a pencil and paper, record how you spend
A sample of my day might look like
9 - 9:30AM: Answer/send emails
9:30 - 10AM: Eat breakfast
10 AM - 11AM: Marketing/Promotion
11 - 11:15AM: Short break
11:15AM - 12PM: Marketing/Promotion
12 - 1PM: Lunch and Laundry
1 - 1:30PM: Get Sarah down for a nap
1:30 - 2PM: Research Writer2Writer article
2 - 2:15PM: Short break
2:15 - 3PM: Begin first draft of Writer2Writer article
3 - 10PM: Family Time
10 PM - 12AM: Work on next chapter of memoir
12 - 12:30AM: Read books that need reviewing
Not only will this help you know where your
times goes, it will help you get a handle on where
time is wasted.
Write When You Feel Most
I’m not a morning person. So, I don’t try to
write in the morning. Ever!
If you look at my schedule above, you’ll
notice that I do research and write for a short time
in the early afternoon and then again late at
Each person has his/her own time of day when
he/she is the most productive. That’s when you need
to write. It might not always be possible, but do try
to schedule your normal routine around your peak
writing time if you can.
It might feel right to forgo a break to get
more work done, but it’s not a good idea.
Regular breaks are important to keep you
focused and healthy. Our bodies simply aren’t meant
to be sitting down for long periods of time. And a
short break might help you figure out what role that
secondary character plays in your latest
Make this back to school season a time to
commit to your writing. With these few simple steps
you’ll be ready to make the most out of your writing
Author: Cheryl C.
Malandrinos is a freelancer who specializes in time
management and organization for writers. She has also
written articles on everyday life in the 1800’s,
gardening, parenting, and women’s health issues.
Cheryl is also a virtual book tour coordinator for
Pump Up Your Book Promotion. You can find out more
about Cheryl by visiting her website