Time Management Tips for Writers



Okay, I must admit that I'm writing this post as much for myself as anyone else. We all have busy lives. If we aren't careful, time will pass us by, and we'll have nothing to show for it. Here are some quick tips to stay productive.

  1. Do the most important task first second. First, there's coffee. Then writing, editing, or whatever else is on your "must get done" list.
  2. Use a calendar. A lot of people use their phones, which is fine. But I'm a visual person, so I use an actual calendar to keep track of my progress. There I keep record of my daily, weekly, and monthly goals.
  3. Make a to-do list. I am the master of to-do lists. I have one prepared nearly every weekday. Even if my schedule is somewhat similar from day to day, I find that I'm more productive if I have a visual of what needs to be done.
  4. Set goals and stop. Currently, I'm revising one of my novels, and I have divided up the entire novel with binder clips, four chapters each day. That's my goal, so I take the current day's clipped pages and complete them. Then I'm done for the day. I'm not drained or frustrated, and I'm still able to complete my task on time.
  5. Unplug. Turn off the sound notifications for your social media. Distraction is the root of all evil. 
  6. Time yourself. Set a timer on your phone and write. Then take a short break. If you have time for more, proceed.
  7. Take breaks. This one is hard, but if you take a break between activities, it truly helps you mind refocus. 
  8. Reward yourself. Accomplished your goals for the day? I find that Dove dark chocolate is the best reward. :)
  9. Take days off. Writing is my job, even if I'm not currently being paid. I take two days off every week, just like I would working a regular nine to five.
  10. Steal time. When you're in line, sitting in a waiting room, or have any moment of down time, pull up your phone's notes app and write. You can later incorporate those thoughts into your writing. I do a lot of short scene writing that I later use in projects. Every moment helps propel your goals, so go ahead and steal 'em.
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Blog Tour and Giveaway: CHARMING by Krystal Wade





Krystal Wade is back with a spine-tingling retelling of Cinderella!



In this edge-of-your seat, tension filled retelling of Cinderella, a vengeful schizophrenic pulls sixteen-year-old Haley Tremaine into his dark world. She must make a choice: save her abusive, alcoholic father and bitter little sister and allow the only people who've treated Haley like family to die, or seek out the killer and save them all.

Charming by Krystal Wade
Release Date:
October 6, 2014 
204 pages
Title:
Charming 
Genre: 
Contemporary Young Adult Thriller
Publisher:
Curiosity Quills
Tropes: Fairy Tale Redux, Tortured Heroine, Kidnapping, Murder, Paranoia
Format: Digital eBook, Hardcover
ISBN: 9781620075340 / 9781620075364
Available at: Smashwords | Barnes & Noble | Amazon
Synopsis: They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, and that's great . . . as long as you don't die.


Sixteen-year-old Haley Tremaine had it all: top-notch school, fantastic family, and a bright future, but all of that changed when an accident tore her family apart. Now, an alcoholic father, a bitter younger sister, and a cold headstone bearing her mother’s name are all she has left.


Chris Charming has it all: a powerful CEO for a father, a prestigious school, and a fortune at his fingertips, but none of that matters when he lands a reputation as a troublemaker. Struggling to follow in his father’s footsteps, he reaches out to the one person he believes truly sees him, the one person he wants: Haley.


Little do they know someone's determined to bring the two together, even if it means murder.



Excerpt


“Hey, kids.” Mrs. Charming stood by their feet, smiling down at them, still linked to her husband. “We should head out. Park closes at dark. Plus your dad and I have a movie to go see.”

Chris drove Haley back to his house; both sat quietly, leaning somewhat toward the center of the small Porsche. He pulled up next to Dad’s truck and sighed. “Thank you for being so good to them.”

“Chris—”

“No, I mean it.” Chris opened the truck door for her, then closed it as she slid onto the cold leather seat.

Haley rolled down the window and leaned on her elbow, so close to him, so freaking close. “They’re good people.”

And deserve better than me in their life.

“Most people treat them as if they’re just money bags from which to draw upon when they have a need.”

“I don’t need anything from them. I just want your family to be happy, you to be happy, Chris.”

“You’re different, Haley Tremaine.”

“So are you, Chris Charming.” Haley turned the key in the ignition, but the truck wouldn’t start. Cold, stabbing panic ripped apart her lungs.

“Guess I’ll need to walk.”

“You’re nuts if you think I’m letting you walk. Murderer on the loose, remember?” Laughing, Chris opened the door and took Haley by the hand, then guided her to the driver’s side of his car. “In fact, I’d really like you to drive.”

She smiled and snatched the keys. “Okay. Fine, but you better wear your seatbelt.”

He did, and she drove, and they laughed, winding down country roads, passing cars as though they sat still and Chris and Haley were in a speeding bullet. Haley downshifted and squealed the tires as she stopped in front of her house on Main Street. But when she glanced at the front of the house, her heart skidded to a halt.

Niles sat on her porch, bouquet of flowers in hand, scowling.

Author Bio:


Krystal Wade is happily married to the love of her life (don’t gag) and raising three beautiful children in the gorgeous state of Virginia. They live just outside Washington, D.C., and every day she wakes up to find herself stuck in traffic trying to get there. When she’s not working, commuting, or chasing after her three children (four if you count the man), you can usually find Krystal outside talking to her chickens like they’re the cutest things in the world (they are), or training her amazing dogs how to herd said chickens (which they love), or curled up on the sofa with a good book (why can’t that be 100% of the time?).
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Survival Tips for Writers

This month has been crazy. I turned 29, received my first professional edits on a MS, and have been querying a new novel. And my husband is deployed.

Being a writer in the absolute best of times is difficult. A few months ago, my husband found a piece of paper that I had stashed in my writing notebook. It had a list of "pick-me-ups" I'd been jotting down to remind myself of the positives to chasing my dream. At first, I was a little embarrassed he'd found out I needed pick-me-ups and worse, that I'd written them down and kept them for later.

He, being the wonderful supporter that he is, read them thoughtfully and gave me an I-love-you-even-more smile. He gets me. Okay. Enough sappiness. :)

Today, I read back through them and decided I'd share. I know I'm not the only writer with tough days, and there's absolutely no shame is admitting that we have them. May they bless you as they have me.

  • Don't be critical of yourself or anyone else.
    • "If you don't have something nice to say, say nothing at all." This applies to yourself too. We can be our cruelest critic, but there's enough of those in the world. Don't join them. On the flip side, never criticize your fellow writers. They're struggling too, and they need your support. And guess what? One day you'll need theirs.
  • Reward yourself by creating something.
    • Maybe write a poem or short story to refocus and remind yourself why you love the art.
  • Give. 
    • Encouragement, hugs, shares, favorites, reviews, likes, and love to all those who enrich your life and even those who don't. Giving fills the heart with joy and helps us develop a habit of caring for others more than ourselves, which always brings fulfillment.
  • Love and never let go.
    • You love to write. Don't let negativity deter you. Never let go of your dream. It's a part of you, and it will carry you through all the adversity.
  • Don't wish. Dream.
    • There's a clear distinction between a wish and a dream. A wish you blow on a dandelion and pray some wish fairy picks it up and grants it. You don't really believe a wish will ever happen. A dream has to happen! It will not go away with one breath on a weed. It is consuming and relentless in its pursuit. 
  • Have a plan but be flexible.
    • Be willing to adapt. Your dream may not be handed to you on the shiny platter you'd hoped. It may take more than your best efforts, and it may take breaking a window when the door doesn't open in order to bust into the world. Whatever. It. Takes.
  • Failure is not a word.
    • There's only experience. Some good. Some bad. Both will make you stronger, wiser, and better for it.


Determination and hard work propels dreams. Keep on keeping on, friends. 

CLAIMING ATARIS by Ruby Knight





Seventeen year old Quincy learns she is the heir to a royal kingdom, to claim her place in the Thalassic she must allow the ocean to claim her, as a mermaid.

Thalassa means: of the sea. Every single important moment in Quincy’s life has to do with water. She sits now at the bottom of the pool at her new school, drowning. Feeling like someone was holding her there.  She was about to die in the same way her parents did, three years ago.

She is about to gulp down the water, when two strong arms grab her and rip her from the water.  Her last fleeting thought before breaking the surface was something that would haunt her, “If I would have taken a breath underwater, it would have felt like coming home."


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Claiming Ataris Playlist:

Some Nights: Fun
Kiss Me: Ed Sheeran
I Knew You Were Trouble: Taylor Swift 
Vulnerable: Secondhand Serenade 
We Are Young: Fun
Standard Lines: Dashboard Confessional 
BlackBird: Sarah McLachlan 
Dreaming With a Broken Heart: John Mayer
Never Say Never: Justin Bieber Acoustic
Everything Has Changed: Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran
Mumford and Sons: I Will Wait
Am I Breathing Underwater: Metric
Home: Phillip Phillips

Winter Solstice:

The Harlem Shake: Baauer
Thrift Shop: Macklemore 
I'll Stand By You: The Pretenders
Booty Work: Dorm Parties
The Way You Look Tonight: Michael Buble 

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ABOUT RUBY

Ruby wrote her first book during her senior year of college and hasn't stopped writing since. She graduated with a degree in History and a minor in Psychology. When she isn’t manically writing stories on her laptop, she is coaching a high school dance team. You can find her hanging out with her tall, dark, and handsome husband or playing with her adorable little boy. She is from San Diego but was raised in Northern Utah. Her dad nicknamed her Rube at a young age and it always stuck. She currently lives in Utah under the shadow of the Wasatch Mountains. Ruby loves to read all things New Adult and Young Adult. She is a wannabe yogi and shamelessly indulges in reality TV. You might find her with a Diet Coke with Vanilla in it on most days, as this is what she considers to be water. Ruby continues to write more stories. Look for more titles by Ruby coming soon.