Lessons Learned #8

Writing takes time

I have just published my second novel and have ideas for the third in my head. For some time now I also have an idea for a completely different story and have actually started on another one. But I haven’t been able to find the time to sit down and actually write!

They say that self-publishing writers should spend ten percent of their time writing and the remaining 90 percent on advertising their work. So I have started twittering, I have started blogging, which I quite enjoy by the way, and have started bothering my friends about buying my books. I must admit I don’t like to ask my friends to buy stuff from me, but I was between a rock and a hard place. In the mean time I am also trying to finish two online courses and renovating our house. And, to make things worse, I decided to crash my friend’s party in Australia, from which I am now writing this blog!

To be able to actually write again I need to set apart time for that. I had told myself earlier that I was going to work in the house for three hours every day and work on my writing the time that was left over. Somehow neither happened.

As a writer you are your own boss and you need a strict routine. This is hard if you don’t have a lot of self-discipline. When I wrote my first novel I had no problem putting everything aside. I wrote forteen hours a day for a fortnight long! I suppose I had the story already and just needed to put it on paper.

As I am learning on my course of scriptwriting, it is good to know your storyline before putting pen to paper, but it does take away a bit of the creative process. During my first and most of my second novel I let me pen flow freely on the paper, so to speak, and didn’t plan the storyline. I will attempt to plan the third story a bit more as I want to make it a bit more intricate than I have so far. This means that I need to sit down and think about it. It is hard to sit down and not have a result, i.e. writing, when you have so many other things to do. Seeing the bigger picture will need to keep you going doing the small stuff.

But first I am going to enjoy meeting up with all my friends in Australia!

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