When Authors Get Too Busy To Write

Source: http://blog.marketingtipsforauthors.com/2011/07/when-authors-get-too-busy-to-write.html

funny thing happened to me on the way to becoming an author… I got so busy writing about “writing” that I didn’t have time to write. One of my passions is this blog. It gives me an outlet to connect with writers and other experts that is valuable and fulfilling beyond description. No doubt, this will be a part of my daily life for the foreseeable future.

But where my real passion lies is in writing. Writing fiction. Recently, I committed to complete the sequel to The Samson Effect by late summer/early fall. My writing schedule has picked up like never before. I’ve experienced those flashes of inspiration that I’ve not seen in years.

I have a couple of writing spots that I go to where I can be free of distractions. Every now and then, I call my wife to share a “brilliant” plot twist that I’ve created. She patiently listens and utters her support, not because the story is so amazingly interesting to her, but because she loves me. I then go back to my coffee and my writing.

It’s funny, there are certain things I need to have before I can sit down and write effectively:

* Blank Typing Paper
* Black Ball Point Ink Pens (Not Blue)
* Black Coffee Within Arms Reach
* Back Ground Noise (Conversations In A Coffee Shop Is Perfect)

But the biggest thing that I need is the one thing I had been holding back… Time.

I’ve found time for people to watch my 5 year old twin boys so Daddy could sit down to write. I’ve rearranged my schedule to make sure I’m not so busy that writing is always the thing I sacrifice for everything else. When I have a block of time that I can devote for writing, I turn off my computer, kiss my wife and my kids bye, and walk out the door with my pen and paper in hand.

The first time I didn’t have my computer was excruciating. But I quickly learned that, for me, being totally untethered from the real world allowed my creativity to flow.

So, to all the authors out there, here’s my advice. Make sure when you get busy doing all the things you need to to to market your book, you don’t forget to make time for your true passion… writing. Remember, you market to support your book, you don’t write to support your marketing activities.

We’re all going to have to make sacrifices when we choose what activities to give time to; writing will never complain if we sacrifice it. But as authors, we will only be completely fulfilled if we write. Whether it’s fiction or nonfiction, it’s part of who we are.

Tony Eldridge is the author of The Samson Effect, an action/adventure novel that Clive Cussler calls a “first rate thriller brimming with intrigue and adventure.” He is also the author of the Twitter marketing book, Conducting Effective Twitter Contests. His new novel, The Lottery Ticket, was just recently released on Kindle.

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