The Trials Of Independent Author Time Management
I kind of lost the plot for a while (slight pun intended).
I forgot to manage my time.
I got caught up in the business of publishing.
I have been obsessed with watching my sales rankings and trying to optimise my book’s descriptions, categories and keywords.
I forgot I should be writing. Well, perhaps it was also a form of procrastination.
I have to admit none of this has got any easier. I have noted that there are certain stages I go through.
Throwing out a rough first draft is easy. Then comes the editing and rewriting. It seems it never stops.
I have stalled several times and then had to pick it up again.
I suppose if you are traditionally published you will have a publicist who will tell you what you have to do. You will have a publisher who is managing your sales.
You will be less involved with the business side.
Even with that set aside I am sure you will have to be sociable.
Gone are the days when an author can go into their cave and only come out when a new book is launched.
You need to be everywhere all the time it seems.
But then, being an author is a business.
What a spooky thing to say. I am totally anti-management.
But I have changed my attitude in one respect.
I consider my writing time something holy.
I do it every day. Not always for a long period but I do it.
It is certainly ingrained in my system. So much so that I get irritable if I haven’t carved out my words for the day.
I don’t put pressure on myself as to word counts. Whatever comes, will come. However, it won’t come at all without me investing the time in it.
I think I will print it out and paste it above my desk as a reminder.
You have to write!
Sustenance is not what stands in my way. It’s all the stuff I do when I’m not eating or sleeping.
What I do in my waking hours has to be carefully managed. Otherwise I will never complete another book.
Well, that’s enough of me being social for today. It’s back to the cave.
I’m off to finish a book.
Are you having similar struggles? How do you overcome them?
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