Ever been overwhelmed by the enormity of your writing? By the sheer scale of the task? Its complexity – especially as you start getting out to book length?
There’s the writing, the revising, the proof-editing, the line-editing, the typesetting, the production process, the marketing plan the – aaaargh! You get the picture.
To me the answer’s in the planning – in identifying what has to be done, setting out the dependencies, identifying the critical time-constraints, then systematically working through them.
The twist I put on it – which I’m sure I’m not the only one to envisage – is that this works to any scale. Not just the big-ticket project of a book, but even figuring out how a writing session is going to proceed, before plunging into it.
It means I can figure out when and how I’m going to deal with correspondence, social networking, revisions, editing, the writing itself, and so on.
At that level, fifteen minutes sorting out what has to be done that day can save hours of floundering later.
Even ten minutes, actually. Time well spent. I find it’s handy. Do you?
Copyright © Matthew Wright 2013