Is organisation a trait writers should have?
For me, it is that time of the month, where I tally up my expenses against my income. There is a lot of expenses, and no income. I find this a helpful exercise, not only for the tax man, when I need it, but to see how I have fared in terms of productivity. Considering I haven’t finished another story since the one in January, I think you can say I haven’t done all good at all!
It is fair to say, that productivity plummeted, due to a personal issue, but I have done a hell of a lot of writing. Just not enough. So I thought about what it is I was doing. What am I writing? About 10 different fictional pieces and 3 non fic. Why? What is their purpose? The novel, for competitions, publication and the cause.
Then I am doing too much. Then I think to the unwritten novel, my ultimate writing aim. But that could take years.
I read of other writers getting so much more done. I don’t know how. I miss competition deadlines, or send flimsy stories in because I am so disorganised! It pains me to admit it, but I really am! But I have no idea how to organise myself.
One idea I have had is getting a pad, and writing down each months competition deadlines down, and not starting the next piece until I have finished the last. But then, when would I write the novel?
I will give it a go anyway, when I can organise myself. I do have a list, but that doesn’t seem to be working out so well. Feel free to put suggestions below! I need them!
I just hope you are more organised – and more successful than I am.