Episode 77 – How a Writing Calendar Can Help You Succed

posted in: Podcast | 7

In this episode Chris interviews Becca about her writing calendar, a tool that Becca developed to keep her author business and herself on track for success.

Show Notes & Links:

-How Becca set up a simple Excel spreadsheet to keep her writing, publishing, and promoting on task.

-Why “productivity tools” need to take your personality into account.

-Why you need to know your abilities to set up a calendar correctly.

-Why some people are wired to “write fast” and others are not.

-What kinds of tasks should your writing calendar track?

-Why a writing calendar is not set in cement.


Link to Becca’s new book, Vangie Vale And The Strangled Strudel

-Link to Chris’ Content Formula class

Link to Becca’s sample writing calendar you can download and use

Link to SMART Marketing For Authors Facebook group


  • Chris Syme

    Glad you found us!

  • Jamie

    Thanks so much, Becca & Chris! I stumbled upon your podcast today and I just HAD to listen to this one first. I’d been experimenting with my own production calendar but yours is much more streamlined and easier to follow. Thanks again.

  • Thank you!

  • Chris Syme

    I’ve found that excel sheet can be as detailed or as general as you want. You may want to start doing it just a couple months at a time. You can have as many activities on one day as you need–just add another row. It looks daunting, but even starting with a Google calendar or a paper planner of some kind will help develop the habit. That’s what you’ll be doing is just developing a plan of habits that fit your personality and lifestyle. Good luck!

  • Thank you. I pulled this into my own drive and started working on it, but I think I’m too new to predict how long things will take. Right now it’s still pretty common for more experienced authors to say “you can set up your website in 1 hour” and for it to actually take 5 weeks. I still need things on the schedule like “write your first automation sequence.” But I’m going to hang onto it because this chaos is killing me. I’m soooo ready for some automation. I’m really looking forward to this.

  • Chris Syme

    You are welcome Alina!

  • Alina K. Field

    I love this, and thank you for the calendar spreadsheet. It’s very generous of you to share!