I love all of this [writing, blogging, critiquing, reviewing] but I seem to be scrambling to keep up. Does that ever happen to you?
Dear Scrambling Writer,
Yes, it does happen to me. This past April I was doing the A to Z Challenge, co-hosting here at Unicorn Bell, and preparing for two eBook releases and a blog tour. I had also just moved to another city and was celebrating a birthday. I was scrambling to keep up for a while there, but by planning ahead and taking care of my biggest responsibilities first, I was able to stay afloat.
Here are 4 strategies to help all scrambling authors out there:
1. Cut back on your obligations.
You don’t have to critique, beta read, or review another’s work. I only beta read for writers who have helped me in the past, or if I really, really want to be part of someone’s project, even in this small way. And I only commit if I have the time.
I also never accept review requests and only review someone’s book when I get to it on my TBR list. Occasionally I sign up to review a new book before its release but that is only if I am a fan of the author and again...if I have the time.
If you don’t have the time, politely decline the requests you get to critique and review.
2. Schedule blog posts.
Brainstorm some blog post ideas. If you think about what you normally talking about on your blog (writing, publishing, gardening, parenting, etc.), you should be able to come up with several subjects. Then think about your book or WIP. Can you share a short excerpt or create an article around the theme, setting, or your characters?
Once you have some ideas, spend a day or two writing out several posts. When you’re done, schedule them to go on your blog. This allows you to stay current on your blog and not have to worry about coming up with something last minute.
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3. Make a checklist.
You can do this for each day like I used to or for the week. Put the item that needs you attention first thing in the morning at the top and continue down to the item that could wait until later in the day/week. Then make sure to follow that checklist!
TIP: Get your blogging and social media out of the way first thing so you can focus on your writing for the rest of the day. Some say not to do this, but I find if I don’t check my blog, email, and social media and do the things I need to do with those, it’ll be on my mind, making writing impossible.
4. Ask for help.
If you are drowning and can’t find time to blog, open your blog to guests. You can schedule 1-3 guests a week. They can create an article about a topic you usually blog about or promote their work.
You can also ask your family to take some things off your hands around the house to open up more time for you.
For more tips on how to save time, if you feel as though you have very little of it: Dear Time-Strapped Writer
QUESTIONS: Are you scrambling with all of your writing duties? How do you stay afloat?
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