Once again, here’s the Marketing for Romance Writers blog hop. For this week, the writing prompt is:
Managing My Writing Time
Uh . . . shouldn’t you be asking people who know what they’re talking about? You know, like efficiency experts? Or at least folks with willpower?
(Actually, I have lots of willpower. I used the word ‘willpower’ five times in my current WIP. So there.)
Okay, okay, I’ll get serious. But I warn you, I have no great insights.
I’m lucky, not good
First off, a confession. I’m far luckier than most people, and I know it. I was able to retire early, and though I’d had six books published in the twenty years I doubled as an author/wage slave, I’ve had nine published in the six years since.
I have a lot of writing time to manage, but I try to maintain a reasonable life-work balance, so I don’t always put in 40-50 hours per week . . . even if I put in that much time at my computer. Distractions, you know? For example, while I’m typing this, I also have a baseball game running on MLB.com. (My team’s getting killed.)
So, if I’m serious about working, I turn off the Internet. Or write at the library, or a nearby coffee shop that’s usually pretty quiet.
I do that . . . sometimes. If I’m really engrossed in a story, or if I have a deadline, I do it more often.
The wife and I babysit the two grandsons four days a week, and while I love ’em to pieces, they take some time. I do the cooking, dish washing, and most of the grocery shopping. I’m sure it’s not as much as most women, but the household does gobble time.
I have other family members, too — my sister, three sons, and a daughter. And of course a wife. I say hello to them occasionally.
And then there’s marketing. I try to con myself into thinking marketing is part of writing — but then why does it feel like wasted time? My superego considers the hour I spent today entering four books into upcoming cross promotions as equivalent to watching an hour of Loonie Toons reruns.
Another thing that cuts into my writing time is social media. I try to control it by using social media only (uh, mostly?) for career purposes — like the post you’re reading.
And that sounds like my cue to cut this post short.
What about you?
I’m sure a lot of you are better at BIC (bum in chair) than I am. Please, please, share your secrets! Check out the diligent, hard-working writers taking part in this blog hop.