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Writer-Reminders .... the ezine for sidetracked writers.

November 27, 2007 -  You Are Planning This Right?


Thought for the Week - You Are Planning This Right?

I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season so far!  We just wrapped up Thanksgiving dinner at our house, and one of the things on the "I'm so thankful for..." list is you!

You are the best subscribers, and I hope this year has been a wonderful year of writing for you.

So what's up for next year?  Have you started planning for it yet? 

I have an updated resource to help you make your writing goals happen in 2008. 

The 2008 Organized Writer's eCalendar is ready to download HERE.

Enjoy and I hope you are "Ready to Create in 2008!" with this new calendar.

One of the best success strategies I've learned over the last couple years is how important it is to have your plan ahead of your actions.... so planning 2008 before January 1, planning December before it gets here, and planning tomorrow at the end of today.

So make some quick plans for 2008.... it doesn't have to be elaborate.... just some notes on your goals for the next year. Get your brain whirling about the possibilities, and you'll be amazed at what develops.

Happy writing (and organizing)! 


P.S. Did you miss the last issue? Read it here.  

P.P.S.  Special thanks to Georganna Hancock of A Writer's Edge for her recommendation of Organized Writer.  You can get organized with the ebook, The Organized Writer: 30 Days to More Time, More Money and Less Frustration.  Only $14.95! 

"I'm on day 5 of your book and already have done more writing and compiled more ideas in this short time as I usually do over several months." -- reader M. Howard

Angela Hoy of says "...the most organized writer I know is Julie Hood...." 

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Top 10 Blogs for Writers
Check out the blogs in the running for the top 10 best blogs for writers.  Some of my favorites are on here and some new ones I hadn't seen before. 

Check out the list here.  I don't know how I can ever pick a favorite!

What You Can Learn from the Writer's Strike
Another blogging finalist, Brian Clark from Copyblogger, shared his thoughts on what writers can learn from the writer's strike--and describes the best decision he ever made about writing and why scriptwriting isn't as glamorous as it sounds. 

The from-the-heart, here's what really worked for me (and what didn't!) posts are some of my favorites.

(And if this motivates you to get your own blog going, be sure to check out my newest venture, where we are creating super-charged blogs for our clients!)

Happy writing and organizing!

Like Organized  You'll love the ebook..... 

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"Julie, I am sending a quick note to thank you for your well measured and extra-ordinary website. You have a tremendous amount of information at a very reasonable cost. I subscribed to your free site and, for the first time in forty years of writing, found a planner that works for me.  I felt so guilty for receiving so much information free from your
site that I have now ordered and downloaded the e book. I have found that you have struck a cord among so  many writers regarding procrastination and simple  organization. Keep up the good work.
-- Raymond Freeman
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DRAW daily (Declutter-Read-Assess-Write)
What is this? 

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ 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 this year!

__ Make notes on a new idea.

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

__ Find a new market using links below.

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

__ 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
__ Update Microsoft(R)  office software at

__ Relax and enjoy!
__ Do something fun today!


Organized Writer's Guideline Database
Absolute Write's Market Archives
Writer's Weekly Jobs guidelines 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 (subscription only)
Writer Gazette Job Board
Writer Gazette Call for Submissions


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Print it here and please telll your writing friends and discussion groups to help spread the word about  Thanks!



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