My writing ass, that is. (Ha, now there’s a funny image!) I have not been keeping to a solid writing schedule, and that, my friends, is not a good thing at all.

I will blame some of my recent lack of writing productivity on the usual real life drama: family things, personal things, my eyes are aching (need new glasses, sigh), my freelance deadlines…oh, and I got distracted by the internet. Again. Which is SO easy to do. Damn it.

Part of that distraction on the internet has to do with building my presence. I have no following. I have nothing published quite yet, so of course I have no following. I am close to having something published, oh, yes I am. Whee! But in the meantime, I’ve been pumping up my website, twitter, and other random and assorted social media-ing.

Which can be hella time-consuming.

But I need to stop that, or at least box it up into something manageable, and get back to my core. Writing the damn stories! I have such serious goals for this year, and they won’t happen if they don’t happen. Oxymorons, I love thee. So it is time to levy some writing mojo at my butt-in-chairness (thank you, Mark Twain) and get ‘er done.

Okay. Needed to publicly chide myself. Now, back to the writing.

 

3 comments on “getting off my damn ass

  1. Widow Dyer

    JK, you are preaching to the choir. Especially when it comes to building your platform on Twitter. You don’t realize you’ve spent WAY too much time on there until two hours later you’ve noticed you’ve only written TWO

  2. Widow Dyer

    Oops! I accidentally hit the Send Comment button. Sorry about that. Let’s try this again.

    JK, you are preaching to the choir. Especially when it comes to building your platform on Twitter. You don’t realize you’ve spent WAY too much time on there until two hours later you’ve noticed you’ve only written TWO sentences.

    It’s like a catch-22. If you have to spend time building your platform, how will you find your readers? But if you have to spend so much time building your platform, when do you write? It’s like being pulled in two directions.

    And that’s just Twitter. Don’t even get me started on blogging. I guess it all comes down to something called time management.

    HA! Who thought that up? 😉

  3. J.K. Harper Post author

    I know, right? Time management: a concept from hell for some people. Haha!

    One thing I’ve done, and still do (obviously without much current success but I’m learning) is cruise around for tips from successful writers on How To Balance It All. Just got this one today from a Maya Banks interview, in which one of the questions was about how does she manage to be so productive:

    “I cut way back on internet. It’s full of crazy anyway. I don’t get involved in author loop discussions for the most part. Maybe once a year I might pipe in. Those kinds of things just make me crazy. Everyone has an opinion. Everyone is “right” Everyone thinks that everyone else should do what they think is best, correct etc etc

    I don’t read reviews. I don’t haunt places like goodreads, amazon, nor do I have google alerts (I have no idea whose bright idea that ever was).”

    http://dearauthor.com/features/interviews/everything-you-wanted-to-know-about-digital-publishing-but-were-afraid-to-ask-a-qa-with-maya-banks

    Brilliance. And probably sanity-inducing.

    Read the whole interview, btw. It will inspire you! That woman rocks.

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