First Draft. #AmWriting

Lizzie Chantree blog 6

I’m currently working on the first draft of my new novel, which is about two women who are both completely misunderstood by their families. It’s great fun to write, but I as I have now signed a publishing deal, which could possibly include a sequel to the book they are publishing, I need to make my workflow easier.

I’m not very good at writing lists, as I often forget where they are. This is what should be on my list during the time my publisher is editing my upcoming novel.

Marketing schedule for new book.

Complete 20,000 words for current manuscript.

Edit/proof current work.

Cover design ideas.

Book blurb.

Keep up with social media commitments, including hosting #CreativeBizHour on Twitter.

Start sequel for soon to be published book.

Write 2 blog posts a week.


Obviously this includes family commitments and household chores. But by this time I’m scared of my list and have hidden it somewhere I will never look again. A good idea today seemed to be under the dog’s bed!

As with most jobs, we all have to multi-task and the kitchen timer on my writing desk does beep and tell me to get on with it, but as a bit of a dreamer (which helps with my job), it means better planning needs to creep into my day and the usual ‘make it up as I go along’ vibe might have to take a back seat for a while.

I’ll let you know how I get on:)



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24 thoughts on “First Draft. #AmWriting

  1. I keep trying to stick to lists and commitments, but something else is always arising. It does take discipline!

    Good luck with everything. And I love the cutie at the end of your post ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I gave up writing lists a while ago, mostly because I kept losing them, and when I did find them, couldn’t understand what was on them! Nowadays, I do all my ‘chores’ (routine stuff) in the mornings, and choose just one new thing to do in the afternoon. I don’t like it when I start to feel pressured, so this routine works well for me!

    • Lol! There are probably other things that should be on there too. I’m really trying hard to be more efficient and not go out as much.

      The lovely thing about writing for a job, is that travelling and visiting new places can be used as an excuse for research and creativity! ๐Ÿ˜‚

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