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Getting My Writing Ducks in a Row

Since I've let my writing go to the wayside for the better part of a year, it's time to get back in the saddle again. Before I get totally enthralled in writing again there's those proverbial ducks that need to be put in a row. Just how does one get their writing ducks to stay put and keep and maintain a writing agenda when one writes for several places and audiences.

Let's see about getting my writing ducks in a row.

1. Make note of all the places I write that are still in business and worth writing at.

Having more than one place to write at is always a good thing. I need to make a list of the places that pay first of all. Then, make note of how often they pay. Both of these things need to be watched carefully so I am not spending too much time on low to long gaps between paydays.

2. Make a schedule and adjust it to fit me.

My schedule isn't like most writers. Why? I haven't had one in years. So, therefore that's how my ducks came to be all over the place.

3. The sites that I know the audience.

It's always good to find your audience with each site. I have written for several sites; some now defunct. It took a bit of time to figure out the audience. Since I'm new here, it's testing time to see what's going to work here.

I do have a couple of other sites, and one of them I have the niche there and it's a topic I love to write about. That's a good thing because it makes it easier to write about this topic and it makes the job fun. The other site is much like this one, but they aren't the same.

4. Write the outlines and drafts on the topics first.

Sure I could just knock the topics out, but that's never the wisest choice. Any writer can tell you that. Having a draft and outline to work from not only saves time, your nerves, and time. A draft and outline can also help you write more articles on the topic.

Any given section of an article outline can be drafted into any article by itself.

5. Editing and proofing before submitting.

I don't edit and proof while writing because it's easier to just get the thoughts out of my head. Editing and proofing works best to just do those things at a later times.

These are just a few things I need to pay attention to when getting back in the saddle and getting my writing ducks in a row.

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Donna_Thacker wrote on October 24, 2014, 1:59 PM

I feel like my ducks are all hither and thither too! Thanks for the great list, lol. It saves me from making one. I'll just use a few things from yours. Good luck...glad to see you back at it!

Scorpie wrote on October 24, 2014, 2:08 PM

Ducks are very hard to get in a row unless you are a mother duck. Quack.

Lemark wrote on October 24, 2014, 2:27 PM

That is a great and to the point article. It shows your experience and expertize. Congratulations.

Feisty56 wrote on October 24, 2014, 3:05 PM

I appreciate you sharing your process of getting your writing on a productive schedule. It's way past time for me to do the same, so these ideas will help me, too.