Tag: organization

Writing with a Checklist: Submission Guidelines


At TheRightMargin, we find writing much easier with a checklist by our side. Let’s see this idea in action with an example familiar to anyone who’s submitted their work to a literary journal, magazine, or writing contest. Even if you haven’t done any of those things, read on to see how you can make your first submission go smoother and faster by following submission guidelines.

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How to find the next steps for your writing project

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Looking for the next steps in your project?

Here’s a little of what “writing office hours” looks like at TheRightMargin:

“Okay, what’s the very next thing you need to do?”


Kidding aside, I want to get writing again. Trouble is… I’ve lost my mental context. I don’t even know where to start.”

“What specifically are you trying to write next?”

“I guess my next chapter.”

“Okay, what do you need to do to get there?”

“I don’t know. Well, I guess I need to get my outline straightened out. But I’ve lost track of the plot and what I need in it. So I guess I need to reread things first?”

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4 Tips on Finishing What You Write

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Do you really really really really *deep breath* really really really really want to finish a book? A dissertation? A proposal? A blog post?

Then our simple advice to you (that will make it MUCH more likely that you finish your behemoth of a writing project) is…write with the end in mind.

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How to meet your writing goals with bullet journaling

discussing writing goals

My friend and fellow designer Gretchen Kish was the one who first told me about bullet journaling. She’s a mom, a designer, researcher, artist, and much more; so when she tells me a newly adopted organization system has been been helping her meet her writing goals, I take heed. While a quick internet search quickly spiraled into me trying to:

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To outline or not to outline…

Making progress on your writing

Let me guess. Most of you are going ‘Uh, obviously you want to outline before you write.’

And a wayward few of you are probably from this school of thought:

Your writing can exist in a mutable state for a very long time. The best writing happens when the writer is discovering what happens as he or she is creating.”

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