I have goal to be a published author. But I have trouble keeping on task. Why? Because of the expectations of today’s authors.
– You need to have a social media presence by writing a blog, utilizing Twitter, Facebook and the like.
– It’s also helpful to be in a writers group and attend conferences.
– Also make sure you are a part of a Goodreads book club and post reviews.
– In the meantime write short stories and articles, comment and like blogs and follow websites.
And this is just the tip of the iceberg.
Then after all of this is done, use the last thirty seconds of your writing time to squeeze out a sentence or so of your work in progress.
This sounds a bit embellished but that is what writers do, they exaggerate, right? I wish I was.
So, through all of these perceived expectations, how do novels ever get written?
One way. By constantly reminding ourselves of our goals.
On Monday I posted tips for reviving your blog. Most of these tips discussed time and how to use it. Writing time is not unlimited and cannot be cheapened. You are creating art and good art at that.
As you struggle on your path to authorship, be sure to place guideposts along the way. You could spend a year or more working on something that does not fit into your plans. Or you could get distracted and forget where you are going.
Make yearly, monthly, and weekly goals. Be sure to carve out enough time to make them possible. This will help you remember where you are going.