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Writer-Reminders

Mar 22, 2004 - Clutter Awareness
Volume 3, Issue 11

    
The weekly ezine with a road map for sidetracked writers.

"Be better writers today than we were yesterday."


Thought for the Week -   Clutter Awareness Week

Last week was Clutter Awareness Week.

I don't know about you, but I sure don't need to be more aware of my clutter <grin>. It creeps up and invades my house -- and it must multiply like rabbits while I'm asleep!

Have you thought about why the clutter accumulates? Here's a quick quiz for you. Which of the following contributes to your clutter?

1. Unsorted mail
2. Papers and magazines to be read (or queried) someday
3. Seasonal stuff that needs to be put away
4. New stuff that doesn't have a home
5. Laundry that hasn't been put away
6. More books than bookshelf space
7. Gifts
8. Stuff that needs to be thrown away
9. Stuff that needs to be given away
10. Toys and kid stuff

The biggest clutter buster for us is regular maintenance. I know, I know, keeping on top of it isn't a lot of fun, but have you noticed how once you get behind, the clutter seems to accumulate even faster?

Make it easy (with plenty of accessible storage), make it fun, and most of all, make the clutter disappear.

Here's a clutter control checklist from OnlineOrganizing.com:
http://snipurl.com/54pm

Don't forget to take before and after pictures!

 
Let's Write More in 2004!

Best, 
Julie
julie@organizedwriter.com

    

P.S.  "This week, I had the pleasure of reading The Organized Writer and interviewing author Julie Hood. This is a book no writer should be without....
-- Michael Knowles, http://www.WriteThinking.net

Read more from our chat and his review....

or you can read more reviews or buy the ebook from Booklocker.com. 
  

For freelancers... get inspiration from calendars

Calendars can provide some of the best inspiration for new ideas (see above). Check out these online calendars:

http://www.mydailyplan-it.com/holidays-mar.htm

http://www.earthcalendar.net/index.php

http://www.vpcalendar.net/Holiday_Dates/2000_2005.html

http://hidates.com/

http://yahooligans.yahoo.com/Around_the_World/Holidays/

   

For authors... website tips

Here are some tips from WritersMarket.com for using your web site to promote your books:
http://www.writersmarket.com/content/website_promotion.asp

Happy clutter-busting this week! Julie

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PRINTABLE CHECKLIST 
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PRINTABLE CHECKLIST
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DRAW daily (Declutter-Read-Assess-Write)
What is this? 

M T W T F S S
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ 1. Declutter (only 5 minutes)
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ 2. Read (only 5 minutes)
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ 3. Assess (30 seconds to 5 minutes)
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ 4. Write (at least 5 minutes)


Weekly Checklist

For freelance writers: Use this weekly checklist to find, write and send a query every week of 2004!

Monday
__ Make notes on a new idea.


Tuesday: Accounting Day
__ Post your accounting records.
__ Pay bills.
__ Follow up on outstanding invoices and queries.


Wednesday
__ Find a new market using links below.


Thursday: Errand Day
__ Make copies.
__ Return books to library.
__ Make deposit at bank.


Friday
__ Finish query and submit.
__ Match your query to the market.


Saturday Weekly Review
__ How was this week?
__ What's up next week?
__ Review your Projects list in your planner and check the
status.
__ Jot the next action steps for your projects on next week's
calendar.
__ Backup your computer files.
__ Virus scan your computer.
__ Update windows software at http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com
__ Update Microsoft(R)  office software at http://office.microsoft.com/officeupdate/default.aspx


Sunday
__ Relax and enjoy!
__ Do something fun today!

JOB/MARKET LINKS 

Organized Writer's Guideline Database
Absolute Write's Market Archives
Writer's Weekly Jobs
Writing-World.com guidelines
Writing-World.com writers wanted
Funds for Writers - Jobs and Markets
Paying Markets List
Freelance Job Bank 
Writer's Write Writer's Guideline Directory
Writer's Digest - Market of the Day
Writer's Market.com (subscription only)
Writer Gazette Job Board
Writer Gazette Call for Submissions
Sell Writing Online
Writer's Crossing

 

Thanks for visiting Writer-Reminders! If you have comments,
success stories, or suggestions, reply to this message or e-mail
me at :julie@writer-reminders.com

- Julie


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