I’ve been pondering a very important idea in my head and have decided to take some action and make it more of my reality.
I need a writing schedule. I’m not even sure what all that entails yet, but I’m letting y’all know so as I begin to make my life more effective you can help keep me accountable.
A lot of my writing time is interrupted by dozens of little and not so little things: People, Cooking, Teaching, Emails, Blogs, Walks, Messy room, Texts, Research, Reading, Eating and just Life. And while all those things are a needed part of my life, it seems like I also use them as an excuse to not be as productive as I need to be.
It’s hard for me to get into the “writing mode” when I only have a half an hour or so to write, so often times I decide it’s not worth it and I use my thirty minutes to do research or answer emails or that kind of thing. Which of course is also needed. My problem is that I flitter from task to task like a butterfly in a meadow full of flowers. While that might keep a butterfly alive, it’s not very good for my writing life.
What I need to do is pick an activity to focus on each time I have a portion of time to spend my writing entourage and then stick with it. These activities include, but are not limited to:
~Brainstorming & Plotting
~Sending out emails in regards to publicity (guest blogging, book signings, speaking engagements, etc…)
~Updating my blogs
~Updating my other social media
~Editing my work
~Working with my Beta readers
~Reading in general
If I’m going to focus on writing then I’ll leave the research for another time. If I’m going to focus on answering emails, I’ll do that for a certain amount of time and then move on. I won’t write half of a blog post and then flip around and take a stab at plotting. Make sense?
I’m still not sure how I’ll decide what order to work on my different writing activities. You see, since I also have a non-writing related job I often don’t get the same hours to spend up in my office. I guess I’ll just have to spend this week in trial and error and then give y’all an update next week.
If any of you have suggestions, I’d be delighted to hear them. I hope y’all are having a wonderful, cozy, snowy Tuesday morning!