Making a Writing Schedule

It occurs to me that there isn’t enough advice/help for writings who need encouragement to keep a schedule (me!). I think one of my biggest tags in my tag cloud is PROCRASTINATION. I am terrible at it. My mind wanders and I struggle to tether myself to a single task or idea. The problem with this is nothing ever seems to get completed, and after years (YEARS!) of falling into this trap, I decided I need to set myself a proper schedule… to keep myself motivated and in line.


A few weeks ago I bought myself a couple of white boards from Poundland. As the name would suggest, they were £1 each. I imagine there’s an equivalent in most countries. Initially I was going to use them as story boards, which is another thing I need to get into the habit of. I’m a ‘seat-of-my-pants’ writer, for the most part. Anyway, here’s it is:

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So, what are my plans? Well, I have decided to look into the terrifying world of Indie publishing. This requires a lot of extra work on the part of the writer, marketing and such. So as well as actually writing the story, I need to factor this into my weekly planner. Today is Monday, it’s a good day to plan. Here’s a quick list of things I need to fit into my week:

Writing

Writing blog posts

Sourcing covers

Editing

Social media updates

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I aim to write at least 2,000 words every day. I know this isn’t a lot by other writer’s standards, and last week I was averaging at least 3,000 per day. However, 10k a week is better than putting tonnes of pressure on myself and getting nothing done! Other things may come up, but for now, these are the things I want to focus on. Cover art is a big deal for me, and I know there are so many cover artists out there, so I need to spend a bit of time researching the best in terms of product and price.

Anyway this is my plan for the week! Lets see how it pans out!

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31 day blog challenge (Day 4)

Day 4 of my super blog challenge! I am really enjoying this. Each question does make me think, which is great fun.

Today’s question is: What are you afraid of?

This is an easy one for me. Aside from spiders, which I mentioned in a previous post, my biggest fear in life – easily – is losing people I love. This is a crippling anxiety, and one I have struggled with for most of my adult life. I have this constant worry, every time a member of my family goes away on holiday, or out to a nightclub, I fear something will happen. If someone I love says they will be home by 11… if they haven’t entered the house by 11.01 I will presume they’ve died a horrible death. The more the minutes tick by, the worse my imaginings. If there was one thing I would change about myself, it would definitely be this.

Still, I guess this just means I care very deeply for those important to me.

This is a short post today as there’s not much more to say about my fears! Aside from this and spiders, I would say I am a huge wuss about anything dangerous, such as rollercoasters, skydiving, bungee-jumping, paragliding and anything else of such an insane nature. I should make an effort to do more things that scare me. You only live once after all!

Come back tomorrow for day 5 of my challenge!

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31 day blog challenge! (Day 1)

I found this awesome blog challenge online yesterday and thought I would LOVE to do it. Basically, I will write a new blog entry every day for 31 days and answer a different question every day.

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So – Day One:

Introduction and recent photo

My name is Rea Thomas (this is a pseudonym, but for the sake of this blog – let’s go with it!) and I write romance and erotica for Ellora’s Cave Publishing Inc. I live in Northern Ireland – which has perpetually wet weather and an air of eerie dreariness. Because doing things outdoors is difficult here – especially planning anything – a lot of people enjoy reading and writing. Ireland, as a whole, has a wealth of literary geniuses from C.S. Lewis to Meave Binchy to Bernard Shaw and Oscar Wilde. I like to believe we are natural born storytellers.

When I am not writing, I work for a huge company here in the UK called Ann Summers which sells lingerie and sex toys on the high street. This is a job I love immensely and has been my favorite so far (I worked in hospitality before – eeek!). I have incredible fun with the girls I work with and count every one of them as friends in my life. The craic (Northern Irish speak, pronounced ‘crack’ and means ‘fun’) is brilliant and there isn’t a day when I don’t laugh.

This is a recent photo of me:

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Come back tomorrow for Day 2 – 20 Facts About Me! Hooray! Have a great day.

Rea x