There is so much more to writing than actually writing, that the extra things can become too much of a distraction at times. Between platform building, social media, and marketing your novel, the most important part~the writing~can sometimes be shoved to the side. If any of you have followed the journey of the self-published, self-made millionaire, Amanda Hocking, then you know despite her achievements on her own, she signed with a major publisher. If I ever find myself in her position I'm not sure I'd make the same decision she did, but I understand why she made it.
Even after you've built a great platform, there is a lot of work that remains to be done. Marketing is a never ending monster that must be fed, and that's even with a traditional publisher. Somehow you have to find the balance between all the things associated with being an author, and writing your novels. There are times we all spread ourselves too thin, get caught up in the excitement and going on's of social media, and inadvertently put our writing aside.
It's vital that writing remain the most important ingredient in being an author. That may mean less frequent blog posts, less Twitter or Facebook time, and more dedicated writing time. You don't have to give up any of those things, just use them in moderation and be sure you write more often than you do social media. The balance will tip from time to time and that's okay. Just try to be aware of it and make sure you tip it back to writing. Speaking of tipping, what tips do you have to achieve balance in your own writing lives?
Great advice, Heather. It's so easy to get caught up in the social media and marketing machine. I'd say to find a balance dedicate a time strictly to writing. Disconnect the internet, shut off the phone, and only write.ReplyDelete
Balance, the elusive key to success! For me balance tends to mean going full bore with the writing, then complete time off for a while. Would love to make it a daily occurrence, but it seems to work best for me more on a two-week type of schedule. I'm thinking of trying NaNoWriMo just to see if I can change that up to a more everyday type of thing.ReplyDelete
Balance is key. There's no point in being everywhere if you're never on those sites.ReplyDelete
Tina, that's a great suggestion! I'm going to try it.ReplyDelete
Linda, ah yes, so elusive. You should give NaNo a shot!
Nicole, so true!
Goals. Writing partners. Self-discipline. Designated writing time. Yes, sometimes things get out of balance, but we make adjustments and get back at it!ReplyDelete
Oh yes this is a struggle for all of us.ReplyDelete
I'm not sure what I would do if I was in Amanda Hocking's shoes. I feel the stress now of balancing an online presence with my writing. I don't think it's going to get easier!ReplyDelete
I love this post Heather. I was just talking to a writer friend who was getting stressed out with keeping up with her blog. When I told her that she should take a blog hiatus, I don't think it occurred to her that she could!ReplyDelete
If a writer has to choose, the writing should come first.
Excellent advice Heather. Does that mean one less to many blogs? Hard to keep up with everything. Love this. Thanks for the great advice.ReplyDelete