April 21, 2015

Writing Calendar

I am planning to finish two short stories over the summer. I've been researching ways to organize my days once the school year is over. I came across Austin Kleon's writing blog and writing calendar. He wrote about attending a talk by comic artist Jessica Abel and the advice she gave to her audience:

"Get yourself a calendar, and schedule the work you have to do in there.
Make sure the calendar is the type where you can see a day or a week at at time (not a month at a time), so there's room to write under each day. Then, mark in any regular commitments you have. If you meet a friend for lunch every Wednesday, or just this Wednesday, make sure it's in there. If you go to the gym three times a week (or just mean to...), put that in there. Write down your breakfast, shower, lunch, dinner times. Commuting, if you have to do that. Mark down sleep. Mark down playing video games, if you must.
Once you've got all that there, you will be able to see how much time you really have to work (and if you need to make adjustments to your daily activities that aren't work). In the time you have for work, assign yourself very specific tasks--like "lay out pages 56-60" for half an hour, then "rough pencil page 56" for however long it takes you--maybe 2 or 3 hours, then "letter page 56" for an hour or whatever..."

Such great advice! Why didn't I think of this?! 

(photo from austinkleon.com) 

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