You can be as free a spirit as you like when you're writing. [Didn't the Muffin just run a post about outlining a novel vs. writing by the seat of your pants?]But for most of us being a writer involves another job. Selling.
Sadly, free spirits aren't that great at selling. People with lists sell. I write. But I also sell my writing. I have many lists:
- The Daily To-Do List
- The Weekly To-Do List
- The Things-That-Are-Coming-Up List
- People to Interview for a Local Blog I Write
- Children's Agents to Contact for a Picture Book I Wrote
- New Markets I Want to Query
- Old Markets I Want to Query
- Ideas for Articles
- Ideas for Fiction
- Invoices I Need to Send
- Jobs I Haven't Been Paid for Yet
- Ideas for My Blog
All my lists are contained in a huge three ring binder. They're also online but I like to have them somewhere I can carry with me...to bed, to the playground, on vacation. I think of it as "guilt to go". A small plastic boss that keeps saying, everytime I look at it, "What did you do today? Have you forgotten anything?" He's an annoying boss but effective.
I recommend lists for many reasons but mainly because it's too easy to forget things and MUCH easier to prioritize when you see everything written down(or listed on your computer). That and the satisfaction of crossing something off the list! Oh, the joy! Of course, you're always adding something new to the list but when you look at the lists at the end of the day and see the lines through some items it reminds you that in between running the kids to play dates, making supper, and answering emails you actually accomplished something.
Excuse me while I go cross "Muffin post for June 16" off my list.
Jodi Webb has a multitude of lists to help her accomplish her many jobs: organizing WOW Blog Tours, writing Schuylkill Matters and Words by Webb blogs, writing magazine articles, teaching writing workshops, writing books(sadly unpublished so far), and more. If you're interested in a WOW Blog Tour contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org and she'll put you on the list!