I did what marketing gurus say I should never have done: I took time away from blogging to concentrate on writing one of my novels. The gurus say blogging gets my name as an author, the content of what I write about, and my style of writing before readers. These talk to other readers who talk to others and thus, I hope, build a platform of people eager to buy my stories.
Having given the bare-bones draft of my Jubilee novel to my writers group (and already received major criticism), I return to the task of blogging. I really do need to carve time for more writing out of my lifestyle of busy-ness and book consumption.
I can see I spend too much time consuming Nook books, audio books (I just bought an MP3 player.), and videos. “Training” to run my first 5k race has also been a priority. Finally, my car-less roommate has left for the Summer. The time used for running I’ve already given to listening to audio books. Time needed to transport the roommate can now be turned to stockpiling blog entries.
I have no shortage of ideas:
– Descriptive articles that give deeper information about cultural settings for my novels
– Philosophical essays that explain important points of my theology
– Articles on items of interest in science, creativity, and so on
– Short stories to further whet readers’ interest in my longer stories
Now, to get my nose to the grindstone, pen to paper, and fingers onto the keyboard.
What stands between you and the time needed for writing? Family needs? Time with friends and relatives? Paid work? Further education? Sleep? These are all important activities.
What are your priorities? What can you trade for more time to write?
Don’t let the urgency of the present compromise reaching important goals of the future.