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A handy (free) spreadsheet for writers

Want to keep track of your pitches to magazines and your short story submissions to journals? Download my spreadsheet for writers here. It’s totally free, and you don’t even have to sign up for my newsletter to get it.

I made this spreadsheet for The Write Life a million years ago–and it is still one of the most popular posts on my website. So, in case you don’t have one yet, here’s a handy spreadsheet to help you meet your 2021 writing goals.

Want to learn more? Here’s the original article, all about the many benefits of keeping track of your pitches & submissions, on The Write Life.

*I promised in DIY Retreat: HOME Edition that I would do no writing until September 2021. This doesn’t count, because it’s just a little blog post! So great news, I’m succeeding.

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DIY Writing Retreat – HOME Edition!

I did a thing!

It’s a companion guide to DIY Writing Retreat, with pandemic-friendly pep talks, writing prompts, retreat schedules, and rituals to make your home feel like a place you can write. You can buy it here, or you can get the original + the home edition for a dollar off. It’s a guide to getting away when you can’t…get away.

Take a retreat now! And may this guide be obsolete soon.

Cheers! And tell a friend.

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Free ebooks, news, and is it 2021 yet?

Hello! It’s been an awful long time, and I’ve been tinkering around on my website, and I wanted to let you know about a few things I’ve updated and changed around here.

First things first, I want to say that I am part of the Black Lives Matter movement. Black Lives Matter, now, always, and forever. You are welcome no matter who you are–I want to be inclusive of all races, genders, identities, and creeds. So, welcome! Finding ways to be more inclusive in my business and my work is a big priority of mine, and if you have any ideas or suggestions, please email me at (or come find me on Instagram–I’m @likesoatmeal).

Next, when the global pandemic really started, my life changed, as I’m sure yours did, too. My priorities are different, and I am focusing on my family.

So, I am not going to make another print planner for writers this year–The Writer’s Process Planner is going to be PDF only. I haven’t settled on the final details for what it will look like/when it will be available, but watch this space if you want to know! Or sign up for my newsletter.

Finally, I decided to make all my ebooks free here on my website (you still have to check out, but I won’t collect your email or anything like that) and $.99 on Amazon. When I first made them free, I kind of thought the pandemic would be a six-week thing. Ha. Ha. Ha. Here we are, and I think I will keep them free for the foreseeable future. I’ve talked about this with my publisher, KMR Publishing (who is also one of my best friends), and she is totally on board.

Enjoy! Share with friends! Just please don’t re-publish my work.

I think that’s it for now. Cheers to you all–stay safe and happy writing!

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The Writer’s Process Planner – Printable PDF on sale now!

Psst…The Writer’s Process Planner (2020) PDF is on sale now–and it’s 15% off through Nov. 1! Grab your copy today!

Juggle multiple projects, track your progress, and reach your goals with The Writer’s Process Planner–a planner *just* for writers. This year’s edition includes a brand-new introduction to help shift your mindset from “meh” to mega-productive. Made by a writer who loves spreadsheets for writers who love progress.

I’ve specially formatted the PDF’s weekly and monthly spreads for easy reading and writing, and the annual trackers are just a bit bigger than the paperback & hardcover versions.

This PDF is very handy–you can print out the entire thing, or pin each week or month to your bulletin board. Keep your goal-setting pages and trackers in view, and the rest in a notebook. Need to review and reset your goals? Print out the worksheet as many times as you like!


8 1/2″ by 11″
For personal use only.

Sale ends 11/1!