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October 4, 2008

Time Management for writers (and readers)

Filed under: Writing Stories — roundtablewriting @ 4:26 am
Writing Journal hand-made by Helen Harwood

Writing Journal hand-made by Helen Harwood

    • Develop the habit of journalling or writing daily in a notebook. My latest journal is a gorgeous hand-made journal given as a gift by long time friend Helen Harwood of Fairview Artspace in Mudgee.

    • Wear a distinctive hat that is your ‘writing’ (or reading) hat so that people know that when you are wearing this particular hat you’re working and are not to be disturbed.

    • Set up a dedicated writing space – a room, or even a corner of a room with enough space and good lighting, where you can work undisturbed.

    • Write at a specific time of day or night – so that it becomes your ‘writing time’.

    • Have your notebook handy at all times to record the quick note or observation.

    • Use your handy notebook to write when sitting in shopping centres, waiting rooms, bus stops, stations, on public transport, anywhere you might have time to fill.

    • Keep a notebook of ideas, quotes, observations, snippets of overheard conversations.

    • Elizabeth Jolly wrote that: The nights belong to the novelist. She found that writing late into the night and/or early morning was easier because everyone else was asleep and nobody needed her at that time. She could concentrate on her characters and her stories.

    • Join us for the Season of Inspiration global interactive writing course to help begin developing the writing habit. Begins October 6 2008 in our new course space at There’s still time to enrol if you’re quick. You can contact us at

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This photo and the one above show a beautiful writing journal made by Helen Harwood of Fairview Artspace in Mudgee. The journal is hand-made from recycled materials and is absolutely gorgeous. Visit Helen’s Fairview Artspace next time you’re in Mudgee and view the impressive exhibitions in the gallery. You may be lucky enough to be there when there is a wine tasting, too. You can visit the Mudgee Arts Council website to see what’s happening at Fairview Artspace Mudgee.
  • Today’s Writing Tip

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  1. The point of writing daily is valid. Writing well is something you need to practice, whether it’s in a journal, a blog, or working on your novel.

    Comment by Chris — October 4, 2008 @ 3:11 pm | Reply

  2. Hi Chris,
    That’s so true. I think regular writing not only achieves volumes of writing for a blog or book, it also encourages the creative mind to emerge more often than it might. Time for thinking is also crucial as is time to let the subconscious and imagination come out to play. Thanks for your comment.

    Comment by roundtablewriting — October 4, 2008 @ 11:13 pm | Reply

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