All Writers Need an Editorial Calendar

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Using an editorial calendar to schedule each step of the writing process, from brainstorming and writing a draft, to editing and marketing the piece, takes the sting out of a multi-step process. Image Credit: http://www.sxc.hu/photo/544230

Whether you post to a blog regularly, write articles for clients or are trying to finish The Great American Novel, you need an editorial calendar.

This simple organizing tools keeps your writing on track in bite-size, manageable chunks of time. After all, we all cringe at thinking of finishing a huge project. So, why not think in small time slots each day? Budget your time in hourly increments to see results!

I use Google Calendar — it’s free!

Make Tasks Manageable

Using an editorial calendar to schedule each step of the writing process, from brainstorming and writing a draft, to editing and marketing the piece, takes the sting out of a multi-step process.

For example, block out 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. to work on developing that new character in your novella. Or, set aside the afternoon to brainstorm blog post titles for the next month. Turn off the cellphone and simply focus for that time period.

Don’t Miss Deadlines

The worst thing a freelancer can do is miss deadlines. If you want to get work from that client again, deliver the project on time, or early. Use an editorial calendar to set up reminders to keep you on track. I also use my editorial calendar to schedule revisions since they take time. I used to get behind and work late into the evening due to the tasks I wasn’t planning for, like edits.

Do you use an editorial calendar? Why? Please share in the comments below!

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