As writers, we each face our own struggles. I tend to think a lot of my issues could be alleviated if I had more time in the day. Seeing as how I don’t have access to a magical hourglass, I had to consider other options. The one that screamed for my attention was time management. My situation is not unique. Like many of you, I work full time. That leaves a few short hours a day to take care of my home/family, exercise, write and grow my audience.
Building my author platform
Who knew there would be so much effort required? I thought writing the novel was supposed to be the most difficult part. Imagine my surprise when I realized I needed a twitter account, a Facebook author page, a blog, etc.
It’s time consuming.
Each plank in the platform comes from the connections we make. Those connections take time to cultivate. That means we reach beyond ourselves. We engage others. We listen to their ideas. We share ours. In short, being a good neighbor requires being social.
But – here’s the catch
Building my platform was taking too much of my writing time. Seriously. It was so easy to get caught up in reading the posts on certain Facebook pages. And then there was Pinterest. My goodness – I was on my way to becoming a “Pinning” junkie. I have boards dedicated to my blog, to interesting faces, beautiful places – things that may or may not inspire scenes in future stories. There’s boards dedicated to my books. I’m sure you get the picture. 😉
I needed to get a handle on my socializing…
I love my blog. I love the blogging community. I decided that my blog would become the hub of my social media/platform building efforts.
This is still a work in progress. But it has helped ease the stress of coming up with so many new ideas for posting to the different social media sites. Take my Facebook Author page – I guess I’m a bit ambivalent when it comes to this page. I hate feeling as though I’m shouting Look At Me! and my Facebook author page makes me feel that way. By sharing my blog, I have activity on my page without bashing people over the head with Buy My Book posts.
There’s still the Time Management thing…
This requires discipline and lots of it. I’m not the most disciplined person. I have a tendency to fly by the seat of my pants – which is probably why I’m a pantzer and not a plotter. To help keep myself on task, I came up with a schedule. It’s helped by making me more mindful of my time. I decided to limit my interactions to about 30 minutes an evening. That means I have to choose which sites/communities I am going to visit. Take Mondays, for example. I’ll visit blogs that I follow as well as Twitter. Tuesdays will be G+ communities and maybe a stop at my Facebook Author page. It’s not a perfect plan but it is helping me stay focused and freeing up my time.
I’m always looking for new ideas… What are you doing to maximize your writing time?