Swimming, Snow and Editorial Plans
A Blogging Struggle
Susie Caron (c) 5/16/16
I Know! I Know! I've been advised over and over again to set up my editorial calendar to save time. I tried, but failed.
How about you? Do you buy a fresh, beautifully clean, wonderfully inspiring, brandy new appointment book, professional weekly, wall calendar, or other tool in hopes that you will finally use it and benefit?
This past year I broke from buying a professional weekly planner with room for appointments every 15 minutes. I had retired from full time profession in psychotherapy, so I ordered a *Passion Planner, made specifically for writers, authors, and entrepreneurs. I couldn't wait for it to arrive and to smell it's nice clean sheets, full of hope and possibilities for me.
When it came, in late fall, I read what I was supposed to do and I absolutely loved the instructions and lay out. I dutifully filled everything in before Jan 1, 2016 so I could be ready to let loose a mega plan of writing, podcasting, and tweeting everything I'd planned in it. I followed it carefully throughout January and did all the reflections and updated my plans. I kept it up in February, sort of. However, by March, I realized that although my planner may be the best tool for keeping me on task, I have a major flaw. One that won't allow me to plan very far ahead. It's this:
I simply can't write unless I'feel' like writing and 'feel' the urge to write about any particular topic.
I can't just say on July 12, 2016, I will write about swimming lessons. Nope! I can't. If I don't feel like writing about swimming lessons, I won't enjoy it, or deliver anything that anyone might find interesting. I don't care that it's swimming lesson season. I may write about snow, in July! If I do, I'll enjoy what I'm writing and thinking about, (even if no one else does).
I decided to keep my beautiful, now doodled all over, planner because it's the best I've found so far for writers, to plan an editorial calendar, and stay on track. I'll keep ordering it in July and wait anxiously for it to arrive in the fall. I'll dutifully fill out all the planning pages in hopes that I'll be 'more organized' this coming year. However, this year will also be just a little different.
I'm going to invest in a dozen 'White Out' tools, because I'm turning my flaw into a joyful recognition that I like to 'flow.' Things change, I change, the world changes, people change and I like to 'flow' with those changes. That's what I'll write about, when I know what it is that I want to write.
What about you?
Do you use an editorial calendar?
Tell me what works best for you.
Twee' means you and me
Writing from our hearts
Susie E. Caron MA,
Psychologist-Master, Parent Coach, Blogger, & Author, committed to help you repair and rebuild your parent-child relationship for benefits that last a lifetime.
Click below for:
Blog for Parents.
Get Your Free Membership
HiWatt-Writers is a creation of Susie E. Caron where she offers weekly- writing, publishing & marketing tips for writers -by herself and others, as well as book reviews and author interviews.