Hey, SE Readers. Joan with you today.
Most of us would agree that there aren’t enough hours in the day, especially when it comes to writing. For me, it seems that Murphy’s Law often happens during my writing sessions—an unexpected phone call, visit, or an urgent matter that must be dealt with immediately. (I’ll not mention the times I distract myself. Oh, wait. I just did.)
You get the idea. While it’s impossible to avoid every distracting situation, there are a few things we can do to maximize our writing time.
Let’s say you’re ready to begin a new project or perhaps you have a deadline to get a draft of your novel to the publisher. You’ve set a goal to finish within “x” number of days. Every minute counts—whether you’re able to write full-time or still hold a job outside the home.
We all know there’s more to being an author than simply writing. Social media, interacting with your readers, promoting, marketing, and other things are just a few of the things authors do. Most of us have blogs that we maintain. All of these things take time away from writing.
One thing I’ve learned to do in regard to blogging is to plan ahead. Here at Story Empire, we prepare a yearly calendar that’s prepared at least a couple of months before the new year. Each author knows in advance what days they’re scheduled to post. That gives us time to plan our topics and, if we choose, to schedule the posts weeks or months in advance.
Because I’d planned to focus on fiction writing the early part of 2022, I wrote and scheduled six months of Story Empire posts. I did this for most of 2021 as well.
On my personal blog, I have a regular monthly feature called Mystery Monday as well as a Legends and Lore series. These posts require a lot of research. As with fiction ideas, I keep a list of potential topics. In December, I set a goal to write and schedule a minimum of three months of each post. I dedicated one weekend to writing and scheduling them.
Doing this takes a lot of pressure off. There’s nothing like realizing the first Monday of the month (the week I post Mystery Mondays) is less than a week away and I have no idea what to write. Last year, I failed to plan ahead and therefore I skipped several months of not having the regular Monday post.
Likewise, you can also schedule social media posts in advance. Buffer allows for the scheduling of multiple posts for both Twitter and Facebook.
Granted all Tweets and posts can’t be scheduled ahead of time, nor can all blog entries be written. I post a lot of book reviews. Can’t write a review before I read the book. I also believe we should all allow for some spontaneity. But a little planning and scheduling can go a long way toward maximizing our writing time.