Simply put, there’s just not enough of it.
How does a person who works full time manage to carve out precious minutes here and there, trying desperately to get a few words on a page? It’s a challenge – that’s for sure.
I hear the ticking of seconds going by constantly, and the clock has become my Master. I’ve gotten pretty good at grabbing spare minutes throughout the day to let my imagination run wild and get those words on the page. Multi-tasking – juggling both my workload and my writing of stories – has gotten easier. In fact, I find my ability to work on chapters of my stories throughout the day has increased. I’m not picky about what I quickly get down on the page; the point is to get something – ANYTHING – down. I can go back in the evening and polish things up. The important thing is that I’ve gotten down the gist of what I want to convey. Later I expand upon it.
The latest monkey wrench thrown into my time management ‘house of cards’ is the use of social media. By many accounts, one of the best ways to get published is by establishing a web presence. This involves blogging, tweeting and developing a web page, among other things. I buy into this – and, frankly, I enjoy reading the perspectives of other bloggers. I also greatly enjoy having a ‘place’ where I can share my thoughts about a variety of things as well as my experiences as I work toward one day publishing my fiction.
But here’s the thing: how in the world do you fit it all in? With the tweeting and the blogging, when does the time for writing one’s stories get squeezed in? I’m often left feeling pressed, trying to do it all.
It’s a ‘brave new world’ in terms of publishing and social media. In the past, did authors simply write their stories and then go from publishing house to publishing house, trying to work up interest in their work? I wonder how Stephen King, for example, first got his big opportunity. Did he divert precious minutes from the writing of his stories to pursue other avenues that hinted at possible publishing opportunities in the future?
I’d love to hear the thoughts of other writers who also blog – and who work full time as well. Do you devote a fixed amount of time each day to blogging, tweeting? To reviewing favorite blogs, scrolling through tweets? Do you blog daily, weekly? Does it get easier over time?
Share your tips with me – tell me, just how the heck you fit it all in!