Time Management and Your Writing Career

deadlinesI wanted to touch base this evening . I’m trying to get back into a regular routine. Today, for me, was rough. I was feeling a bit down today, as happens to anyone from time to time. I was also watching the social media outlets and seeing hundreds of posts about 9/11/01 and my heart just welled up over and over again.

In an odd way, trying to get away from social media sites really helped me to stay productive today. I wasn’t checking and double checking, worried I’d miss something on a business page. I just focused on other things.

That got me thinking about time management.

Writers have a really bad reputation when it comes to deadlines. A lot of people think this is just an expected attribute, but it’s not – and it’s not OK. What it really boils down to is time management, or lack thereof.

There are only 24 hours in each day. No matter what happens, this is something you can’t change. It’s fact. It’s non-negotiable. Twenty four. That’s it. [Read more...]

Help! My Family Thinks I Need to Get a “Real Job”

If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it 100 times. A lot of the writers I know have a very difficult time convincing their family members and friends that they do – really, really, honestly – have a real job.

I actually wrote about this a couple of years ago over on Freelance Writing Gigs in a post called “I’m a Ghostwriter.” The inspiration for that post started out as so many do – with a misinterpreted Facebook status post. In the post I talk about how a “publisher” (I use the term very loosely) had offered me a whopping $80 (that’s eighty, with one zero) to write a 40,000 word eBook. I joked about it on Facebook, as we writers tend to do when we get ludicrous offers. But in this instance, a cousin who barely talks to me – ever – wrote me a message chastising me for not taking the deal. He wanted to live “vicariously” through me.

I should add that at some point it became clear to me that he had misread $80 as $80,000. I wish. [Read more...]