6 tips for Writers and finding YOU TIME
The following is a suggested guide to finding time in 2014 to write. There are 52 weeks so let’s get planning how that book you are writing gets finished. How a fan base is established and how you will find help to make your publishing dream come true.
Have you purchased a diary for 2014? A working Dairy is a “must have writers tool”. Insure it includes hours by day. This can be an outlook calendar which is even better as you only have to write it once and set it as reoccurring for the entire year.
CROSS OFF SUBSEQUENT HOURS IN DIARY
a) Hours you are at work
b) Time you’re with kids with afterschool sports and helping with homework etc.
c) Dinner time
d) Putting kids to bed etc.
e) Add in suggested below.
- HOURS LEFT (1-2 hours of YOU TIME.) This can be early bird or owl time. Turn off the TV and;
b) Go to writing workshops
c) Support local writers and go to book launches and talks
d) Join writers group and make friends, get your writing critiqued.
e) Join online services to enhance your knowledge and get known. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Goodreads Goggle+ – just to name a few.
f) Build a portfolio of professionals that can assist you on your journey. BETA readers, editors, groups for critiquing, book cover designers, picture book artist, book formatters, trailer makers etc.
- LINK ACCOUNTS TO SAVE TIME (Diarise a time to join)
a) Have 2 Facebook pages. One for your friends and family. The other an author or blog page.
b) Link the author or blog page to your Twitter account. That way you are not blogging twice.
c) If posting on LinkedIn click of twitter so it also becomes a tweet.
d) Link your twitter to your own website and anywhere else to save time posting.
- CHECK ON LINE SERVICES (Diarise a time)
a) Check twitter daily for followers – follow them back.
b) Check twitter ‘connect’ and follow those that are kind enough to retweet or ‘favour’ one of your tweets.
c) Check Facebook for messages only by going to top left hand corner. If there is a red number showing – clicking and read personal and feed message to do with you only. If no numbers, switch off as this wastes valuable writing time.
- Hash tags Importance (diarise intended blog times)
a) Plan in your diary. Enter the days you intend to blog or chat and stick to it. Online services can suck up to much valuable writing time otherwise.
b) Say if you decide to blog on Tuesdays and/or Weekends too. Then ensure it reaches maximum audience by searching for a hashtag that suits. E.g. #Tuesdayread or #Weekendread. Hashtag genre and attention to writers, e.g. #amwriting or # fantasy (if a fantasy story.)
c) BEWARE of making new hash tags. E.g. If you do pictures with fantasy blogs – shortened it could be #picog. But just doing a search the few using this may not be interested in your genre. So if new to hashtag use, maybe stick to tried and tested tags for now.
- DIARIES TIME FOR FAMILY. While you are busy with your love which is WRITING what is partner or kids doing.
a) Spend an hour in the local library where kids and hubby can select books, DVD’s etc. While you sit down happily and write.
b) Spend time writing happily with a coffee while kids are playing at kiddies fun venues e.g., McDonalds etc.
c) Happily write while partner is wrapped up in a movie or series you are not interested in and so on …
There are many ways to use a diary, but a writer’s diary is sacred. If hours days and weeks pass by without glancing at the plan, valuable time with the pen is lost. Make sure your 2014 is a productive one and read the plan daily to enable – YOU TIME.