I have been struggling recently with my writing career. The problem is that I can’t seem to find enough time to do everything that I know I should be doing. This includes both the actual writing as well as promoting my work.
The standard advice regarding this is that I need to prioritize my time. If my writing is that important to me I will put aside other distractions and make sure I spend my time on my writing instead of other stuff.
I believe this. I have done this in the past. And I have been very productive while I was focused on writing.
But then I got burned out and needed a break. I decided to watch a movie instead of writing. I decided to read some of the books stacking up in my To Be Read pile. I made a choice to start a new game on Facebook and Google+ (the game is called Zombie Lane if you are interested in being my neighbor). All of these things helped my mental state, but they didn’t help me get any writing done.
And all this time I have been thinking that I need to also work on promoting my work. I have this blog, but there is so much more that I could be doing with it that I haven’t made the time to do. For example, I really think I should put something on this site and my other social networking pages that link to the Amazon page for the book where my first short story was published. That includes Facebook, Google+, MySpace, and Goodreads. I know this needs to be done, but I haven’t made the time to do it.
The advice is right. Getting this all done is a simple matter of prioritization. If I focused all of my spare time on writing I am sure I could get a lot of work done. But I’m not built that way. Most of us aren’t.
If I focused all of my energy on one thing I would go nuts. I need a minimum level of distraction to keep my brain from shorting out. If I can’t take a break from my writing and do something else I will burn out and then I wouldn’t be able to get anything done. There has to be a balance. “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”
I need to get back to work on my writing. I need to finish the short story I am currently working on so I can submit it for publication. I need to figure out what my next project is going to be. I need to post those links on my various profiles. All of these things need to be done and somehow I am going to have to figure out how to do it all without going insane.
The alternative is to clone myself a few times. That way I could have one of me go to work to keep making the money at my day job, one to work on my writing, one to work on promotions and web development, and one to keep my wife happy.
So please leave a comment on how you manage to prioritize your time. Or a link to your favorite cloning service. Either way, I hope to see you back here on Thursday!