Sometimes We Need Help!
I’ve found that, with my busy schedule, I just cannot give the attention I need to give to promo. But, in today’s world, it’s imperative that authors work hard to establish and maintain a social media presence. So when you need help, grab some Me Only Time and Me Writing Time. Instead of spending money on promotion sites, I’ve hired a PA (personal assistant), and I use a promo service that sends tweets and Facebook posts out DAILY for me. The cost is very reasonable. (It’s my daughter’s service, so I know it’s reliable – But, I pay her) I still do my own promo, to a degree, but her service is sort of like a computer program running in the background, always sharing and gaining exposure for me, while I focus on my writing (and editing), and only worry about random promo. (If you wish to check it out, I’ve included her information below)
One of the most important things a writer can do is establish a habit of writing every day.
Every day. Even if it’s just five minutes, carve out some MWT time. (Me Writing Time). You can read all the how-to books and take all the workshops in the world, but if you don’t write regularly, preferably every day, all those things are a waste. Establishing a solid, daily writing habit is one of the best things you can do for yourself. This is something I need to do as well. I have so many projects and commitments, that I often ignore my own writing. Not only does my career suffer, my soul suffers. Writing is a joy, a release, a necessity. And when I don’t indulge, I feel unfulfilled. So, let’s make a pact together. Each of us find at LEAST fifteen minutes a day, every day, that we devote to writing. Not research, not revising, not reading what we’ve written, but WRITING.
Take these steps (and, I promise, I will too…)
1) Decide what time of the day is best for your 15 minutes
2) The day before, write a scene note, a little summary of what you’ll be writing about
3) Set an alarm for your MWT
4) Before the alarm goes off, pull up a blank document that ONLY contains your scene note from the day before
5) If possible, get away from the Internet and any other distractions. A new location is a good idea, when you can, a coffee shop, a park, a library, etc.
6) When the MWT time rolls around, set a timer and do NOTHING except write, for a solid 15 minutes. Even if it’s crappy, even if the words won’t flow, write anyway. If your mind is a blank, then write something like this: I know I should be writing my scene about when Mary learns that her sister is dead and she would be shocked and grief stricken. What would she DO though, would she cry, scream, call someone, (or, other related sen-tences/questions such as this, so that at least you’re getting something down.)
7) When the timer goes off, congratulate yourself on a job well-done (Or, if you’re ‘in the zone’ keep writing). Say, “Great job, Alicia (well, you don’t have to call yourself Alicia. You can insert your own name there). You rock! Look at what you accomplished. It’s not ready, but it’s written, and if it’s written, it can be improved and completed. See you to-morrow, same time, same place.”
8) Then REPEAT!
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If you can find a few writer buddies…
that can be beneficial or a group, such as SprintWriters on Facebook, which I joined but have sadly neglected.
Even if you aren’t a writer, whatever your passion is, carve out some time for it. Regardless of what is going on in your life, you’ll feel better if you treat yourself once in a while, weekly or even daily if you can. Take a few hours away to relax and watch ducks in a pond or go bowling or sit in an ice cream parlor or coffee shop and decompress, people watch, play golf, whatever it takes to give yourself a little boost to focus on YOU for once, instead of others.
If you’re an over-worked single mother (or father), a care-giver for an elderly parent, working two jobs, a stay-at-home mom or dad, you CAN find time for yourself. It’s important to do so for your happiness and your mental well-being. And, you know what? Doing so can make you a better mother, father, employee, daughter, son, wife, friend, etc, etc. You’ll feel more like tackling what others need, and less resentful, if you know you have some MOT (Me Only Time) time to look for-ward to.
So…let’s start this now. Who’s with me?
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I am a suspense and paranormal author in Edmond, Oklahoma, and I have dreamed of being a writer since I was a child. I attempted my first romance at age 10 (featuring a hero who looked just like Elvis Presley), and I still have the tattered, pencil-written copy.
I lead a very busy life, but I manage to find time to read my favorite authors—Michael Connelly, Dennis Lehane, and Lee Child to name a few—and watching (and rewatching) my favorite shows like The Walking Dead, Dexter, Justified, Friends, and too many other sitcoms to name. But, my greatest passion—other than my family—is writing, and I am exceedingly blessed that I get to do what I loves most.
Haunting at Spook Light Inn
When an apparition becomes too persistent to deny, Camille realizes the ghost is quite real—and her demise was not accidental.
Amidst a blizzard, paranormal debunker Camille Burditt arrives at Devil’s Promenade in Oklahoma to research a supernatural ‘spook light’ phenomenon for her latest book. There she encounters a ghostly being, which she dismisses as a figment of her imagination. But as the apparition becomes too persistent to deny, Camille realizes the woman’s ghost is quite real—and that her demise was not accidental.
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