Scheduling Chaos? #IWSG

IWSG Question of the Day: What steps have you taken to put a schedule in place for your writing and publishing?

Oh gosh, do you want to see my nice neat table in OneNote? Thankfully I had someone up my tail pretty early on about setting a schedule and sticking to it. Granted, he just wanted to see me get Twisted Magics to publication.

I kind of took it from there and currently have through the end of 2019 planned out. And here I’m certain I’m about to hear people remind me that I claim to not be a planner. In the books themselves, I’m not. What I need to be doing with said book each month, I am. Am I drafting? Editing? Is it out to beta readers? Formatting? That kind of stuff.

To the point that I know I have roughly a year and eight months to get it from first word to available for purchase. And while that math sounds weird because I’m trying to stick to releasing one per year at about the same time, I have two books overlap for a bit.

Which means I need to stop toying with book 4 and get on the final edits for Twice Cursed. June will be here before I know it.

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7 responses to “Scheduling Chaos? #IWSG

  1. So… do you writer your first drafts as a pantser, then? Sounds like you’re on the self-publishing track, which I’d love to hear more about. Thanks for the post, and happy writing to you. Also, happy 2018! 🙂

    • Yep, I have a general concept and maybe a few scenes in my head that I’d like to hit if I can (silly characters, doing what they want), but that’s the closest I come to planning. Tried an outline once – completely ignored it while writing.

      And yes, I’m self-published. I’d love to answer what I can.

  2. I kind of like the idea of being more general in my approach to planning. “This is an editing month/week.” “This is a new-content month/week” things like that.
    Good luck continuing on!

  3. Best of luck sticking to your schedule. I think it’s impressive that you’re able to manage it all. Woot!

  4. I need to follow your lead and start mapping out the entire 18 months instead of month to month.
    Happy New Year!

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