Some amazingly good advice in this article that I had to share, if only to keep them close to hand. I especially liked this little gem:
“While we might have a ton of things we want to do, it’s best to narrow it down to a couple of manageable tasks. I think you need to designate how much time you can sit at the computer to just write. Word count goals may or may not work. My rule of thumb is no distractions and 500 words per 30 minutes. But if the story isn’t coming (and sometimes, it’s not), I revert to one hour at the computer with no distractions. Then regardless of word count, I quit. Social networking needs to have a limit, too. Pick a certain amount of time you will spend answering emails, writing blog posts (if you have a blog), and updating Twitter, FB, etc. You need a life outside of the Internet. :D”
Quick note: I wrote this back in September 2012 and never published it. I’m going to do so now, but I don’t have time to reply to comments since life is hectic at the moment with published deadlines staring me in the face. I’ll keep comments open if anyone wants to have a discussion, but I can’t reply to any of them.
I attended an “empowerment breakfast” for local businesses in my area over a year ago. Since my author friend was one of the speakers, I decided to go along (and I could since as an author, I am representing my business). I went because she didn’t know anyone who was going to be there, and for those of you who’ve been in that awkward situation, you know how nice it is to have a friend to talk to. 😀
Overall, it was a huge waste of time…
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