ONCE UPON A TIME....
How to get time back now you've sold
Before you were published, did you think it would become easier to write once you sold your first book?
Not only do you still get rejections, but suddenly everyone wants a piece of your time -- the editor who wants your edited manuscript; the publicist who insists you spend hours filling out her marketing questionnaire; the agent who wants to discuss every clause in your 20 page contract. The kids and your spouse, who thought they'd get you back once you'd sold, now complain of being royally rooked. All this, and you still haven't seen dime one from your sale!
Somewhere in there, you're still supposed to produce beautiful novels.
Fear not. There is a way!
Don't Sweat it
Even if you're still working 9-5 at a non-writing job, it is possible to carve out time to devote to pure writing. The key is in acknowledging that none of the new demands on your time are going to go away if you continue to sell books.
You have to get bloody-minded.
Give yourself two hours a day for writing. Find the best two hours of your day, and earmark those two hours for nothing but writing. No editing of your last book, no galley-proofing, no cover-art questionnaires, no marketing and submissions.
The rest of whatever time you can carve out of your day is for all those other tasks you need to do now you are an author. Oh, and for living a real person's life, while you're at it.
Two hours a day may not seem like very much, but if you work two solid hours each and every day, weekends included, you will be amazed at how fast and steadily the next manuscript starts piling up.
Keep two lists of things to do -- one for the writing you do in your two hours, and the other, prioritized, for all the tasks you must complete in the rest of the time you can find for your writing career. Further on, there are dozens of suggestions and ideas for finding time. How you use that time is critical.
For those lulls in between book launches and editorial demands, you can increase your two hours to fill up the time that might have been used by all the "other" tasks. This is bonus time. When it's busy, drop back to two hours per day.
Also consider giving up on:
These are all simple things, which you may have heard before, but they do work, if you apply them. Try it, and discover the mother-lode: time for writing.
Copyright Tracy Cooper-Posey ©; 1999
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