Writers are often advised to “get the words in” before doing any other tasks like checking social media or email. While this is definitely excellent advice, I don’t tend to follow it. When I worked at the local radio and TV station, I needed to catch up on messages before I could start writing commercials in order to make sure I was up to speed on all my projects. I keep to that structure even now. I need a clean slate and know there are no fires to put out before I can focus on my writing. Getting little tasks like scheduling a social media post or replying to an email out of the way first thing help me clear my head.
Usually by this time the coffee is ready and my husband is awake. We have a couple cups together, I have a small breakfast (he doesn’t eat until later), and then it’s time to get my keyboard again. When I have a manuscript on the go, this is when I get my words done. If (like now) I don’t have a current project, I spend this time planning, researching, and other tasks that will ultimate (I hope!) lead to the next book. On Sundays I take a break from manuscript/book work and focus on writing this blog, scheduling social media posts for the week, and other administrative type tasks.
Usually by eleven o’clock the bulk of my work is done for the day, and I can enjoy the rest of it guilt free!
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