View Full Version : How do you divide your time?
October 21st, 2010, 08:36 PM
How do you divide your time between writing, reading, and message boards like this about writing and reading?
It would be too easy to spend ALL my time on the boards and visiting blogs and get no reading and no writing done.
But sometimes I have to stay away from the Internet and force myself to write. Sometimes I don't turn on the computer at all so I can read and do other things like exercise and play games. :)
I wish I had 48 hours every day, or that I only had to work the day job 2 or 3 days a week, so I had more time to talk to all my writer and reader friends.
What about you?
October 21st, 2010, 10:50 PM
It's a tough one. It's soooo easy to get sucked into the Internet. If I am actively writing something, I do limit my time on the internet...writing takes precedence over everything else. I will usually spend an hour in the morning and an hour in the evening checking blogs, posting, tweeting, etc.
October 22nd, 2010, 07:11 AM
I know what you mean about time. I've only been writing since last September and when I started I thought that was the hard part. Imagine my surprise when I finished the novel and began to look for publication.
Of course, you girls know that then comes the waiting. And once you are lucky enough to get published then comes the hardest part. Like you said, how do you have the time to promote, blog, write, edit, read, and all those million and one other things that we have to do! At some point we have to do laundry!
I'm a homeschooling mom of three so I can't say that I have to get up early and leave the house to go to a "day job". But I'm plenty busy. So far the way I've arranged my time is just by losing sleep. I get up really, really early, to type into the computer what I wrote on paper the day before (I'm old fashioned...and the paper travels better). Then I spend a little bit of time all day checking on my Facebook page, checking on this board, and working on my website. I don't know that it has been entirely effective as of yet. I'm hoping there's room for the learning curve!
All you established authors out there, please share your time tips. I think I might need them!
October 30th, 2010, 08:08 PM
I think whatever you do, the writing has to be the priority. It's too easy NOT to write, that that's the most important part.
October 31st, 2010, 10:00 AM
Personally, the way I get things done and meet deadlines is by sticking to a strict schedule. Just like any other job, I schedule writing time and I stick to it. No exceptions. Online social groups, email, promotion, and personal time all revolve around my writing. Of course, I do give the schedule some flexibility. For instance, I schedule less writing time around release dates so I'll have more time to promote.
One trick I learned to save me time is when I sit down to write, I type out a quick blog first and save it. That done, I move on to my most recent book!
Another time saving thing to do is merge the social media. My blog automatically syndicates everywhere I go. I also have my Facebook page set up to feed into Twitter, which feeds into Myspace. They're all connected, so when I give a status update, it copies to all of those places. That helps. Even if I don't have time to log in to every single account, I still have something new there every day.
Any other thoughts? I can always use new tips, too!
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