All in a Day’s Work

The writing business is a multi-faceted process that begins with the creation of a story and then progresses to the marketing of that story.  This was not always the case. Time was when a writer wrote, and that’s all she did pretty much.

Today the writer has become a marketer as well. It is no longer only about writing; it is also about promoting that writing.

If you’re like me, you wish things had stayed as they were. After all, writing is hard work.  I’d much prefer using my creative energy for creating stories instead of devising methods to market that story. But, alas, we must move forward with the times if we are to survive in this evolving industry.

So what does my typical writing day look like? Here’s a snapshot:

—From 8am until 1pm, I write. I focus on creating story. Usually, I lock myself in my writing studio and do not emerge until I reach my self-imposed word count: 1000 words minimum per day, five days per week.  If I do not stick to this regimen–and, I confess, at times I fail–I will not achieve the writing goals I’ve set for myself.

—I do my best to resist the temptation to check email.  Email poses a major distraction for me, so I have decided to relegate answering email to the hour between 4pm and 5pm. Again, I sometimes fail at this, but setting this boundary has enabled me to accomplish more actual writing of story.

—I leave the marketing aspect of writing to those times of day when my mind is less engaged creatively.  Early morning works best for me in terms of my creative energy. It is then that I am freshest and most engaged. So that is the time I devote to creating story.

What is your day’s work like?  What steps have you taken to ensure that you write?  What pitfalls have you encountered that have robbed you of valuable writing time?

One last thing–and the most important thing: I take very seriously God’s injunction to commit my writing to Him.  He says in Proverbs 16:3: “Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.”  I do this every day and have noticed that, despite my failures and weaknesses, the Lord keeps me on track and His job gets done. For this, I praise Him and thank Him.

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