If you are anything like me, the creative process goes something like this: You exist in a perpetual state of simultaneous excitement, frustration, and fear due to the ever-increasing muddle of ideas in your head. You are excited by their potential, frustrated by their elusiveness, and afraid that they will never come to fruition no matter how hard you try. You attempt to order this jumble over a period of days, weeks, month, years by endlessly scribbling on any available surface or medium capable of retaining ink, lead, digital input, or Crayola.
The result of these painstaking efforts to get the creative chaos out of your head and into written form is an assortment of half-full notebooks (most of which you can’t find), stacks of scrap paper heaped up in no discernible order, Post-It notes stuck to every available surface and (from the days you were feeling particularly organised) a collection of Word documents saved under random titles without any indication of what they relate to, or what order they are supposed to go in.
At the beginning of this year (2015), I decided to really step up my game where my own writing and blogging efforts were concerned. As a freelance writer I spend the majority of my time writing for other people. This has led to a marked drop in my productivity and an alarming amount of tumbleweed blowing through my blogs. I spend an awful lot of time writing blog posts, but most of them are for clients. The result of this is that my own blogs have suffered. Since setting up the business, I’ve also had considerably less time to write fiction, an activity I find very rewarding, relaxing, and paramount to my mental health. The conclusion I reached was that I had to set aside some time every day to work on my own writing. Be it an hour, six hours, or fifteen minutes, it didn’t matter. Once a day, every day, I would sit down and write something for me.
I spend some of my week working on pieces of art, but the majority of my time is spent writing. It sounds like a dream come true; my business is my passion. The problem is that I often lose sight of my own writing in the quagmire created by other people’s.
So how do you write when you’re a writer? For that matter, how do you write when you have a day job that takes up most of your time. Even if you’re graced with the good fortune of writing for yourself on a full-time basis, how do you find the time to keep up with a blog on top of that? How do you find the time to write a book, if you’re a blogger? … I’m an old fashioned girl; I like notebooks and biros (black Bic ones, nothing else). Physical things. Sometimes I use fancy Paperchase notebooks, sometimes the cheap refill file paper. Precisely what kind of notebook it is doesn’t matter, but I have one about my person at all times. You will find piles of them in my office, half filled, brand new, old and battered, stacked about the place haphazardly, or neatly shelved. There are more in my bedroom, at least one in every handbag I own, and of course, several in the glove box of my car—I’ve been known to pull over into a layby and sit on the motorway writing for some time when The Muse hits. It used to happen frequently on particularly long and boring drives from Bury St Edmunds to Manchester and back again.
The problem with this system is that it’s so disorganised. I end up with bits and pieces of things all over the place. I lose things. I want a specific scene or outline I’ve written and although I know I wrote it down, I have no idea which notebook it’s in.
Have you ever had a great idea for a scene, chapter, article, or blog, scribbled down an outline, then sat down at your computer to write it out properly and discovered you’ve no idea where the outline has gone? You can’t find it anywhere. Worse, you can’t remember it, other than the title or the subject it was on.
That burst of creative insight, when The Muse hit you square in the face is lost forever.
I hate that.
I also hate the fact that I often get lots of ideas all at once. So many that I barely have time to write all the ideas down, let alone write them out. Other days, however, I will be at a loss for ideas but have ample time to write. It’s very frustrating.
All these things led to the development of The Uber Author Planner. I was sick to death of the creative chaos, and as the year has unfolded and I’ve become more and more determined to get myself organised, I realised what I needed was a PLANNER. A physical book that I could use to keep track of all my ideas, for every aspect of my writing—fiction, non-fiction, blogging, my author profile—and every aspect of my online platform which, as most of you will know, is essential to the modern writer.
Title: The Uber Author Planner
Author: Hazel Butler
The Uber Author Planner is the ULTIMATE tool for Authors, Writers, and Bloggers.
Created by an author, freelance writer, and blogger, this planner is specially designed to keep everything writing-related in one place, making you super organised and super productive.
Far more than a simple planner, this book includes a guide for authors, writers, and bloggers, covering many aspects of life as a writer in the modern world, including:
- Top Tips
- Writing Targets
- How To Write An Author Page
- 5 Steps To Get On The Huffington Post
- Growing Your Tribe Of Dedicated Readers
- Building Your Email List
- Creating Awesome Content and Freebies
- 50 Different Blog Templates
- Novel Planner
- Story Planner
- Non-Fiction Planner
- Project Budget Planner
- Word Count Tracker
- Character Outlines
- Chapter Outlines
- Scene Outlines
- AND The Name Game
The Uber Author Planner will help you raise your writing profile, build your online platform, write more, publish more, and achieve your writing dreams. Coming with a double daily spread, plus weekly blog, newsletter, and social media planners, weekly and daily target setting, word count tracking, and stacks of extra writing and blogging aids, this planner has everything you need. As if that wasn’t enough, there is also a bonus section including The 30 Day Novel Planner.
The planner’s flexible weekly system allows you to start it on any day of the year and still use it for a full 12 months. You will also get exclusive access to easily downloadable versions of all planners, and blogging and writing templates, so you can print out as many as you like once the ones in the book have been filled! Standing at just under 1200 pages, hardbound for durability throughout the year, and beautifully illustrated in full colour, this is an EPIC resource for all authors, writers, and bloggers!
Hazel is an author, artist and archaeologist from Cheshire, England. She is the founder and owner of The Bookshine Bandit, a business dedicated to helping authors, writers, bloggers, and those looking to self-publish achieve their dreams and maximise their writing potential.
Since 2010 she has been working on a series of Gothic Literary novels, the first of which, Chasing Azrael, was released in April 2014. The Deathly Insanity series are a set of Urban Fantasy novels with overlapping character and plot-lines. Hazel’s other published works include Bleizgeist, and ‘Grave’, a short Dark Fantasy story. She has also published an additional novella and short story under a pen name.
While her primary interests are in Gothic and Fantasy art and fiction, Hazel reads a wide range of subjects and enjoys most forms of art. In addition to this, she runs The Bipolar Bear, a blog on bipolar disorder, and loves of dogs. Her King Charles Cavalier Spaniel, Dexter (yes, after the serial killer), is her near-constant companion.
Hazel is currently in the final year of her PhD, which focuses on Gender Dynamics in Late Iron Age and Early Medieval Britain. She studied at The University of Manchester for her Undergraduate degree, then Bangor University for her MA and PhD, spending the two years between her MA and PhD doing corporate archaeology and research excavations, both in Britain and in Austria. She has two papers published in international journals.
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