Unlock the Muse – June 11, 2019

As summer vacation officially begins across the northern hemisphere, the writing continues, regular schedule or not. Whether your life changes dramatically when then kiddos (or you?) get out of school, or you’re still stuck at the day job, planning ahead will make the writing that much easier.

With that in mind, this week’s organizational challenge is to create a calendar for the next three months. Buy one, print one, draw your own – format is up to you. Write in all the events that can’t be changed, or at least not easily – things like doctor and dentist appointments, jury duty or family vacations for which you’ve paid a non-refundable deposit. Now, pencil in for yourself some planned writing times. Use your preexisting schedule if you have one.

Make your plan as detailed as you need, but don’t spend too much time on it. Plan activities for your family, arrange events for your children where you don’t necessarily need to attend as well. Prepare a meal plan if that helps you.

Life is never as simple as an organized calendar of events. Don’t let unplanned events derail you completely. If the schedule blows up for a day, a week or even an entire month, let it go and get back on track as soon as you can. Don’t give up on your goal!

Here’s your writing prompt for this week:

Go to your local post office, and ask about the differences between mailing a package first class vs. priority. Write an article about what you learn.

Remember writing those informational articles back in school? Here’s a chance to practice your skills in more formal writing, research and editing. While you’re there at the post office, ask about the cost of shipping a manuscript, or books. The information could be useful one day. Don’t forget to pick up some fun postage stamps while you’re there as well. Letter writing is a dying art.

I’ll leave you this week with a thought from Albert Einstein:

Organization Quote 1

Happy writing!

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