Being self-published can sometimes be tricky.
I write because I love it – and I’m hopefully good at it! But the reality is, that with most people who write books, you can’t just spend all day every day writing that book. You’ve got to make some pennies somewhere. For me it’s copywriting, blogging and a few other projects, and as Christmas approaches I find myself being pulled more and more into the stuff I need to do, rather than the stuff I want to do.
But at the same time, when I do the stuff I want to do, I am suddenly very interested in the ironing pile or sorting out my sock drawer. I think that’s Mum guilt taking over.
It’s the same chicken and egg scenario for anybody who doesn’t write with an advance. If you don’t do the thing you’re being paid for, you’re never going to be paid for it. So what do I do? Have I made progress this week?
A little bit. I’m excited about my characters, but I’ve not written as much as I’d like, opting to make money so that I can buy furniture for my falling-to-bits bedroom. However, my brain is obviously not happy with this, because insomnia has kicked in, between bouts of staying awake (NOT CAUSED BY A CHILD!) I am being sucked into weird and not so wonderful dreams, mainly involving my characters. I’ve never experienced this before. Normally I have weird dreams and I get ideas from them, but this time I’m wrapped up in the story. It sounds a bit wanky when you put it like that doesn’t it?
So what now? With less hours (darn three school runs a day!) I have to prioritise my work, and set proper deadlines that I can hit. I know I work best to deadlines, it’s who I am. If I take my foot off the pedal, I grind to a slobbish, iPad on sofa, eating carbs kinda gal, and neither my scrivener or my waistline appreciate that so I’ve made a timetable. I’ve made a timetable and stuck it to my wall. I might show you it one day. Then I’ve opened scrivener and set a deadline. I need to tweak that deadline now that some extra work has come in and then I need to just write.
I’m also investigating dictation software on my iPhone (any good recommendations that could link into my mac?) I want to take full advantage of the time I spend in the car. My notepad is back by my bed, so that instead of just working my ideas out in my head I can jot them down (any excuse for a new notepad!) and I have assigned a friend to shout at me.
My process is simple. Write, write as if my life depends on it. Brain dump, and if I have a wobble send it to one or a couple of my favourite people who will give me a kick up the bum. Once that is done, it’s been postit notes in the past, but I was listening to Sophie Kinsella and Jane Green on Woman’s Hour the other day and Sophie mentioned using index cards so I’m going to steal that – that means I’ll be the next Sophie doesn’t it?
I want my next book out in time for the summer, so I really need to get cracking. I’m still tweaking my process, so if anyone wants to share theirs I’d love to hear it! Post below or write a blog post and let me have the link!
Take care, and see you next week!
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