Yesterday was another busy day.
Despite reminding myself, I still almost forgot to fetch the washing in, so it was quite damp and had to go on the clothes horse. Most of that will go away today now.
I sat down with my writing WIP notebook and planned out all of the various drafts and stages for all of my short material: outline; draft 1; #2; #3; edit & submit. Then I opened a page for JANUARY and listed all of the jobs I have to do (proof-reading, writing, editing) or have already done in January along with what they’re worth. There’s space for admin work, such as meetings or invoices, and another space for research for future stories and articles or research visits for events or places of interest or walks I may want to write about in the future.
Plotting it all out like this gives me a tickable list (and we all know how much I love those), and it sets it all out so I can see exactly where I am and how much more work I need to get in for January.
Thankfully I don’t need any more work for January. 😉
I managed more than 1,300 words altogether, over all projects, and I packed a writing bag.
This writing bag is a gorgeous red soft leather shoulder briefcase I bought for work a long time ago. I decided that it’s too extravagant to hide away in the bottom of a wardrobe. So now it has all of my current writing projects in:
- Catch the Rainbow
- We Also Served
- fave market current guidelines and current story
- current long short story (Ace of Wands)
- daily freewriting exercises (A Writer’s Book of Days + notebook)
It also contains:
- Devon’s 5 (Stories) in 10 (Weeks)
- A5 desk diary day-to-a-page
- A5 writing journal (day-to-a-page diary)
- WIP notebook
- 2 x WIP shorthand notebooks (1 for outlines; 1 for 1st drafts)
- ideas notebook
- A4 notebook (for 2nd drafts)
- daily food and exercise trackers
- pencil tin
- 12″ wooden ruler
- handypack of tissues
The bag’s quite packed and a little heavy, but it’s a shoulder bag so easy to carry around and it stays with me for pretty much all of the time. Yes, it even comes to bed with me (in case I wake in the night with something burning to be written). I’ve used a few bags in my time, but this is the only one I can fit everything in. I need another for the proof-reading and editing projects …
What would you keep in your writing bag?
Rufus woke me at 4:30am coughing (he was fine) and I gave up trying to go back to sleep at about 8am. So I got up, did my yoga, had breakfast, managed a couple of hours work … and went back to bed again … The joys of working from home.
Today I’ve checked the jobs boards, entered the daily competitions and put another washload through. It was far too cold to hang any out this morning. It’s bitter out there. So once the clothes horse has been emptied, I’ll be filling it again.
I have a proof-reading job I want to shift today, I still have some of my daily writing to do and there’s a dog to walk. And a bonus email arrived saying another proof-reading job was in the post.
Happy days. 🙂