If we were having coffee, I’d be tempted to cancel on you. Nothing personal, I’m just feeling like there are not enough hours in the day to accomplish what I’ve set out to do and I want to be working on the novel more.
Remember back in January when I set deadlines and downloaded an internet blocker to be more productive? I’m doing all that and it’s been helpful, but I still don’t have enough time. I’m missing most of my personal deadlines, not because I’m procrastinating but because writing is taking longer than I ever anticipated. It feels like time is running away from me and I can’t catch it.
Since I didn’t cancel on you (because I already did that last weekend – sorry!), you listen to me gripe as you savour your coffee. You agree that I’m probably trying to do too much, even though I feel like a lazy ass because I only work part-time and some writers work full-time and still manage to churn out three books a year. Because you’re a good friend, you throw my own advice back in my face – don’t compare yourself to others. You’re not like them. You have your own method. And then you get down to business and ask to see my schedule.
I pull up iCal on my phone and we study the colour-coded blocks on the timetable. Such a great visual to easily see what percentage of one’s day is spent doing what. You notice the same thing I do – there’s an almost equal amount of orange blocks and red blocks per week. Orange is novel writing. Red is blog stuff – writing posts, tweeting, and website maintenance. Now all that work on the blog has paid off because our monthly visitor numbers have doubled compared to last year. And that’s awesome! Thanks for reading, everyone! But I do feel I should spend more time on the novel than the blog. Instead of 50/50, perhaps 70/30.
Robin and I talked about this. We were each trying to post two or three times a week and were both overwhelmed, so we’ve recently cut back to once or twice. We agree it’s best to have quality over quantity. We’ve also brainstormed ways to come up with shorter posts or a series of posts to cut down on the time it takes to create each. However, we have to get through the April A to Z Blogging Challenge first! Luckily we have a plan, and short but useful posts in the works.
So yeah, a little less time spent blogging means more time spent novel writing. You declare it sounds like I’ve figured out how to catch up to time. I relax a bit. Maybe you’re right. And you also assure me that if I’m on a writing roll, you won’t be offended if I choose to spend more time with my novel instead of having coffee with you. There will be a hot mug waiting for me when I finally finish the book, no matter how long it takes.
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