I'm not going to lie, readers. Trying to balance the business of writing with the art of it is TOUGH.. And what I'm finding the hardest is making time for both.
Any of you do this? Start the morning out with social media; marketing; promoting; coming up with post ideas; etc. And by mid morning/early afternoon, when it's time to switch over to writing, I hear this tiny voice inside my head saying, "Pssst, you stop working on this, no one's gonna know about your book." So, instead of ignoring it and moving on, I give in. I spend more time on social media; more time on research; more time on marketing. And before I know it, I've spent the majority of my day promoting one book but not writing the next.
Because writing the next is just as important as promoting the first. If I want to make this author thing work, I have to--surprise--produce.
This is exactly the reason I bought myself a writing calendar. To help outline my day/week/month and keep me focused and diligent on all tasks.
Yes. This isn't rocket science. And yes, I'm sure you've all figured this out. I'm just looking to rant a bit. And mostly to ask you to keep me accountable on my daily grind. Ask me if I'm balancing my time between writing and promoting. ASK. ME.
I'll be forever grateful. And maybe even make you cookies.