Time Management for Writers
Business versus Creativity?
For the sake of discussion, let’s say that I have to divide my working life as a writer of fiction into three basic – and very broad- categories.
1. Organisation of Time. Energy. Money.
*Time Management. Focus
*Developing Skills and Techniques
*Vision and Planning – Goals
*Discipline and Focus on Key Objectives
*Writing Proposals and Query Letters
*Finding an Agent.
*Promotion of Self – Speaking, Blogging, Internet Presence
*Promotion of your work
*Attending Conferences and Meetings
*Building the Outline and Synopsis or Treatment
*Writing the Text
*Editing to Blockbuster quality
*Rewriting and Polishing
For some people, creating the manuscript is the number one priority.
Without a wonderful story to promote, you don’t have anything to sell, but what if you were a beginner – or were being published by small press publishers, who did not have a large budget for promotion and marketing, how would you manage your time to achieve all of these tasks?
You have a book you want to sell.
AND you want to learn your craft.
AND you have a deadline for a bigger, better, more compelling book in your contract.
How do you manage your time? By hours each day? By hours each week?
Talking to other writers, this seems to depend upon :
*what stage you are at in your career. Published authors feel obliged to spend a lot more time on promotion and less of learning craft techniques than unpublished authors.
If you imagine a self-employed entrepreneur, who is creating a unique product which they then want to promote and sell to a manufacturer/ investor… would that person not need to work in all three categories?
For example. A person making silver jewellery.
That person would need to work on learning the skills in silver smithing that they would need to create the finest version of their design.
Then find markets for their stunning work.
Time Management. Easy to say, hard to do..