Like many writers, I spend too many hours every week reading blog posts and articles on publishing: Are we “indies” or are we “Self-published”? How are sales? Do you copyright your stories? What’s new in marketing and promoting? How do I get noticed? Should I do a blog tour?
Over the past twenty years, I’ve written dozens of books, many of which will never see the light of day. I attended Romance Writers of America conferences and local chapter meetings whenever I could, but I spent the majority of my free time doing research for my stories and writing. Lately, though, I’ve found myself spending way too much time reading articles and blog posts about publishing. And one of the tips I see at the end of many posts, including my own, is: WRITE!
My writing production has slowed recently and I realized it’s time for me to take my own advice and get serious about writing again. I need to stay off the internet and write. I will allow myself to spend extra time on the internet as a reward AFTER I have finished writing for the day.
If you’re a writer and you’re in this for the long haul, then you need to keep producing stories. Promoting and marketing is important, but never as important as the story. Years ago, when I was raising four kids, I knew that if I wanted to write novels, I had to find time every day to write. One of the first things I gave up was Oprah. That was a game changer for me. I knew that if I could make time to watch Oprah for one hour every day, then I could make time to write and that’s what I did.
I don’t know about you, but it’s time for me to get serious again. My plan for 2013 is to spend no more than 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes at night on the internet. That includes checking email, Facebook, Twitter, and blogs that are important to me. On the weekend, if my writing goals have been met, I will reward myself with another hour, or so, on the internet. But I know from experience that if I truly want to succeed in this business I need to concentrate on what really matters…I need to write.
So how about you? Have you been sticking to your writing goals every day? Are you wasting too much time on the internet?
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