According to my business card, I am a writer. So what should I be doing tonight? Well, it’s Sunday night, the wind from Hurricane Joaquin has barely touched us, and the rain has slowed to a fine mist. It has not been the best beach day but at least we in Seaview have not been tormented by flooding problems. Other parts of the East coast? Not so fortunate.
Aside from the three church services this morning, and the potluck lunch, and the trip to the Brown Dog Ice Cream Store in Cape Charles, and a nap, and a fine dinner of grilled cheese sammiches, what else should I be doing? Lucy Silag of Penguin’s Book Country published a blurb about treating your writing career like a start-up, akin to business management for writers. I’m not sure she had these line items in mind:
Watch latest episode of Dr. Who? Check.
Make a fresh pot of coffee and have a cup? Check and check.
Post the recipe from the potluck? Check it out here.
Plan the writing for the week?
[insert cricket noises here]
Shazbot – I knew I had something else to do. Let’s try this and see what happens:
Monday – AM: revise query letter. PM: read Matterhorn, written by Karl Marlantes.
Tuesday – AM: check QueryTracker for agents accepting culinary mysteries. Or mysteries. Or anything. PM: Keep reading Matterhorn.
Wednesday – AM: Twitter-stalk agents and see what they like (and don’t like) in a query. PM: Keep reading Matterhorn and take mental break – yoga class.
Thursday – AM: Make decisions on agent queries. Customize and send. PM: no spare time.
Friday – AM: Research publishing through Booktrope and Book Country. PM: Keep reading Matterhorn.
Saturday – AM: Try to finish Matterhorn. PM: Read out loud the first few chapters of The Milk Chocolate Murders (to get back into that frame of mind.)
Sunday – evaluate the plan and make a new one.
There you go. That should keep me busy for a while. Will this work? Maybe. Will I follow the plan? Perhaps. Is it better to have a plan than not have a plan? Definitely.
Do you have a plan?
If so, please do share. And I’ll make you a deal. You give a short synopsis (is that redundant?) in the comments and I’ll follow up next week with how my plan went. I’ll even ask you how your plan went. We could call it…writers supporting writers! Has a good ring to it. Hey, it has worked with the Book Country Buddy Program. It could work here, too!
Looking forward to your thoughts!