If there was a list of professions which require the most amounts of creativity and freedom, then being an author would definitely be in it. This is certainly the case when you’re sitting down to write. Allowing your imagination to really take over, can help you create tantalizing stories.
However, a little organization can also go a long way to help increase your effectiveness when you are working. Read on to learn about 5 lists every author should make.
1. The daily activities list
Some authors love them. Others hate them. However, daily to-do lists are there for a reason. They help you to plan what you need to do when you’re working on your writing and on the publishing process. They help you to prioritize tasks, and can act as a good checklist to tick off activities you’ve completed and to review those which just might not be important anymore. If doing this type of reviewing daily isn’t really your thing, weekly plans can be just as useful.
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2. The author dream list
As an author you’ve most likely got aspirations and dreams. You might want to be a New York Times Bestselling author. You might want to win The Man Booker Prize for Fiction. You may want to be known as the most established and renowned author in your niche. You might want to have 1 Million followers on Facebook. You could just want to earn a living from being an author. Your dreams are uniquely yours. Help make them a reality by writing them down in your very own author dream list.
3. The future list
Your daily activities list will help you to remember tasks that need to be completed for writing projects in the immediate term. However, having a relatively specific list of future writing projects can also assist you in keeping on progressing as an author. Make a note of any short stories, novellas, novels or nonfiction titles that you really want to work on in the future.
4. The getting assistance list
If you’re a real entrepreneurial writer, then you’ll most likely love getting things done yourself. You might not even trust other people to do tasks the want you want them! However, remember there are always other people who can do certain activities better than you can, and can help you in creating better books and ebooks for your readers. These can include graphic designers, cover designers, editors, agents, social media assistants and so on.
Creating a list of activities that you can get service providers to do, can help you to ensure you do get help, so that you can focus on those activities, which you do best; the obvious one being writing!
5. The reading list
Chances are you are a voracious reader. Most authors are! Having a reading list can help focus down on books and ebooks that appeal to you. This will help you in ensuring you don’t miss any book that you truly wanted to read, but might end of forgetting because you didn’t note it down.
Image credit: Justin See (coming back) on flickr and reproduced under Creative Commons 2.0[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]https://writingtipsoasis.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/hv1.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Hiten Vyas is the Founder and Managing Editor of eBooks India. He is also a prolific eBook writer with over 25 titles to his name.[/author_info] [/author]