Regroup Every Week

              
       Make sure that you take the time to regroup each week if you
       haven’t all ready. For me, this is a multi-staged process and it
       usually takes a few hours to complete. But it is necessary and it
       helps to organize my current writing and my future writing goals
       with much more efficiency and success.
      
       In order to regroup, I usually take stock of my previous week’s
       work and see which projects I completed and which are still to be
       completed. I find continuity a real motivator for me. It gives me
       the spark that I need to continue to work on projects. And this is
       especially the case if I was successful working on a project the day
       before.
      
       This week, its even more important for you to regroup.  It is the
       beginning of a new month. Take the time today to determine what
       worked last month and what didn’t. Keep what worked and avoid
       doing what didn’t work. Also, set new goals for this month and
       make a four week plan for your writing. This plan can be a work
       in progress. But whatever you do, just write the plan up. Here is a
       template for drafting up a writing plan for the month.
      
       I.  Week of May 3rd to May 7th, 2010
      
       1.  Draft up new article for …………………………………………..
       2.  Pitch a nonfiction article to ……………………………………..
       3.  Draft up Chapter 3 of your MG novel …………………………
      
       II.  Week of May 10th to May 14th, 2010
      
       1.  Redraft article for …………………………………………………………….
       2.  Pitch another nonfiction article to ……………………………………..
       3.  Draft up Chapter 4 of your MG novel …………………………………..
      
       III.  Week of May 17th to May 21st, 2010
      
       1.  Submit article to critique group …………………………………………..
       2.  Redraft another article for …………………………………………………..
       3.  Draft up Chapter 5 of your MG novel ……………………………………..
      
       IV.  Week of May 24th to May 28th, 2010
      
       1.  Draft up new article for ……………………………………………………
       2.  Send another pitch for a nonfiction article to ……………………..
       3.  Draft up Chapter 6 of your MG novel …………………………………
      
       This kind of structure will give you an idea of how to proceed
       for the next week. This could be a renewing process for your
       writing. I LOVE this process and I hope that you find the above
       template useful.
      
       ~ Happy writing this month!
       ~ Irene

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