I am such a fly-by-the seats pantser! When I write I allow whatever comes into my imagination and my spirit to flow onto the paper. However, all of that interesting content doesn’t always make it into my books.
I am organized in my own zany way. I have talked to various authors and bloggers who struggle with creating content for their blogs, or feeling productive in their writing schedules. I don’t know if it’s because I’m passionate about my writing (wish I was passionate about promoting), or what. But, I continue to crank out productivity when it comes to my writing.
BLOG POSTS: Every Friday, I sit down and create my blog topics and posts for the upcoming week. Once they are written and scheduled on my blog, I no longer have to worry about that.
SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS: I have not been as diligent as I was in the past about this. Now that I’m telling on myself, I have to commit to doing it once more. I use Hootsuite to schedule out my Twitter and Facebook posts. When it comes to GoodReads and Instagram, I could use Hootesuite for that, as well. I don’t. I have to be more involved on those two than what I am.
Using Hootesuite keeps me free from spending an excessive amount of time on Twitter or Facebook (my addiction). It also enables me to have my posts and tweets posted at the best time of day to boost engagement and interaction.
NOVELS: I live and breathe to sit down and create books. It is my heart’s passion and desire. I think about it when I’m sleeping, eating, working, living and everything in between. Therefore, I have to be careful not to let this take over my life. When I spend too much time on the computer, I am destined to hear about it from my family.
I commit to no less than two hours per day writing. Yet, I also make sure that one day per week I take a break from writing. It’s essential to my family’s happiness. If you cannot commit at least two hours per day writing, I suggest at least thirty minutes. In that time you can create a character outline, create ideas for a scene, or even write out a chapter, depending on how creative you’re feeling that day, and how fast you write/type.
In 30 minutes you can begin to create a calendar to organize yourself. Commit to checking your calendar daily (first thing in the morning), and keeping yourself on task. I love calendar alerts on my phone. They help me to remember everything that I must do. Not to mention the feeling I have after I have completed a task. Setting timers will also prevent you from going over your allotted time and keep you on schedule.
All I’m trying to say is you won’t be successful in developing and fostering your writing skills unless you nurture the relationship. Spend time on your writing, as you spend time on anything else. You can call it your “me-time,” if that helps. Me? I treat it as an essential part of my career. Just as my daily job requires me to dedicate a certain number of hours to it, this part of my career requires me to dedicate time to it, also.
Be committed! Write about it, be about it and live it!
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