2017 MONTROSE CHRISTIAN WRITERS CONFERENCE
As a writer, do you struggle with managing your time every day? Does “life” get in the way? Then check out Jeanette’s suggestions to help you get that writing done while all those other responsibilities get done as well:
Jeanette’s 10 D’s of Time Management for Writers
- Delight yourself in the Lord
Put God first and He will collaborate with you to help you meet your goals.
- Do away with fear
Progress in baby steps, and ask friends cover you in prayer with each new venture.
- De-clutter and de-junk
Managing clutter is a huge time-eater. Give yourself permission to throw or give away. Enlist a friend’s help to de-junque.
- Discipline your flesh
“No” is not a four-letter word. Say it with grace and dignity to activities and people that drain you or bring out the worst in you.
- Divide writing and marketing time
If no one knows you, your writing lacks an audience. If you don’t write, your audience will go elsewhere. Start with a 50/50 split, then adjust as your platform grows.
Enlist family members for researching, cooking, running errands, and cleaning. Consider hiring help or trading a writing or editing job for housework or cooking.
- Decide what’s important
Ask God to direct your steps and to help you focus on your strengths. What do you most enjoy doing?
- Dance and sing—take time to play
Recreation means “to impart fresh life to; to create anew.” It’s okay to do nothing for an hour or a day. You’re more productive when you take regular times of rest.
- Double up
Combine two jobs you can accomplish at the same time, one which requires no brain power, such as waiting at the dr.’s office and outlining an article or book chapter.
- Diagram your plan
Develop a written mission statement and reasonable, measurable goals. Determine what God and you want from your writing: a few published articles, books galore, changed lives, or all of the above.
The above is an excerpt from Jeanette’s class, Shock the Clock: Time Management for Writers. In addition to these and other valuable tips, we’ll explore how focus on your strengths and minimize your weaknesses to make the best use of your limited writing time.
She will also be teaching 21 Ways to Overcome Writers Block, where we’ll discover creative ways to pry your stubborn muse out of the black hole and start producing words that rock;
Writing Compelling Devotions, where you’ll learn the three major types of devotional writing and simple techniques to create devotions that stay with your reader throughout the day; and
Column Writing as a Platform Builder, where you’ll uncover the secrets of great column writing, how to develop loyal readers, and what types of columns you are best suited to write.
A Little Trivia About Jeanette:
A lively, sought-after speaker for a wide variety of groups, Jeanette is a pastor’s wife, author of four books and hundreds of articles, and a newspaper columnist. Her outgoing, nutty personality and warm teaching style makes audiences feel comfortable as they resonate with her personal—sometimes embarrassing—stories she uses as examples.
Jeanette is a mom to two grown-ups, grandma to three kids, and servant to four cats.