So You Think You Can Write?

I didn’t plan on posting anything right now. I was planning on going to sleep and I am yawning like my life depended on it but I just discovered this: Harper Voyager Call for unagented submissions.

So if you have something that is just about done, you might want to speed it up and try sending it here. Good luck!

Juggling

Before I had kids I was able to do everything on time and life was pretty organized. If only at that time I had known I should be writing. Now things don’t go quite so smoothly….

And this is often how I feel. I look even worse. But that is life. I have a habit of writing things down to the point of being slightly paranoid, so I don’t forget. Things like make breakfast, feed the kids, wake them up first, send them off to school, start breathing normally again. Eat breakfast, feed the cat, feed husband, wash dishes, go to the washroom and other stuff that I tend to forget. When I am not procrastinating I write things I have to do on the Google calendar and believe it or not it keeps me quite organized. I try to prioritize and then stick to it. A lot of things get done, of course somethings get neglected. Like wasting time on facebook, falling asleep on the sofa while watching Tree House and reading through weird news on Yahoo or irrelevant tweets on twitter that I never seem to get the hang of. I know it is a big sacrifice.

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This was an important bit of news.

So this post was one of my planned things on today’s schedule according to my calendar. I also read some blogs and found this at Words From the Woods. Cat is really great and has good tips for writers. She is also on Agent Query Connect where she helps out writers in the dummy stage. I am one of those dummies.

This is an older post but it had a bit about balancing schedules and every one can use good tips. I find writing things down in order of importance is best for me. The Google calendar helps keep it organized and makes it look less confusing and overwhelming. I also try to keep it at an achievable level. I was reminded of this when I read “The End of Optimism” on heylookawriterfellow. He also has advice and interesting posts on burros. A ‘burro’ is what Latin Americans called small donkeys. Now I will be forever doubtful when I eat a burrito.

Anyways you shouldn’t get over-excited and plan on things you won’t be able to complete. You will just get depressed when you can’t manage to get them done. So plan things in a way that gives you enough time to actually get them done.

This is not what your writing schedule should look like or you will look like this:

So remember you are human and not the Flash.

What do you do to keep your self organized and make sure you get things done?

(All images form Google Images. Google I love you, truly I do)

Other Stuff

Since I had planned this blog to be ‘writerly’ and all about writing, I started something new for all the other stuff I often have the urge to enlighten you all with. It is here: Desi Mom Eh?

And this is yet another brilliant way I will end up not writing the next best selling novel. I am still editing the second one and the third one is jealous that I am not giving it enough attention. Which reminds me, here is an interesting post by Writerlious and something that I have been thinking of a lot lately:  Levels of Writer and Reader Discomfort.

By the way if you have a cold or your kid does or your husband, mom, sister, next door neighbor or the girl at the checkout counter in Walmart, then I have a homemade remedy for it at Desi Mom Eh? 

Oye Desi!