The Friday Muse – A Writer’s Real Job

The Friday Muse (Cropped)I’ve been thinking a lot lately. Don’t worry, the smoke you see coming out of my head is just my processors overheating. That happens when I think too hard on something. And lately, I’ve been thinking too hard about writing.

I’ve been at this ‘full-time’ writing thing for over five years now. And to be honest, most of what I struggle with regarding this career isn’t writing. It’s marketing. It’s sharing my writing with the world. I can easily sit in a room for ten hours and write. The problem is, I usually don’t. I’m usually too busy worrying about how to spread word about my books that I don’t do the one most important thing every writer should be doing everyday – writing.

It came to my attention this last November that I do a majority of my actual writing during NaNoWriMo. That’s probably why the monthly event is a breeze for me to accomplish – because my writing passion has usually been building up all year long. The drawbacks of this are that most of my writing projects hover around the winter. This leaves the rest of the year with little to no fresh writing.

I need to change this. It’s ridiculous that my full-time job is writing, but I don’t write as much as I should. Time to start writing more and worrying less. I realized that by writing more, I’ll develop more fans who will want more of my work. Of course, I’ll still be working on social networking and marketing. I just won’t be doing it full-time.

Starting next week, I am going to start following a strict daily word count goal. 1500 words a day seems like a reasonable goal, considering I also watch my three-year-old son for about 9+ hours each weekday. Yeah…1500 sounds like a great goal.

Now I just need to figure out what projects to apply this awesome new word count goal to. I’m years behind on rewriting the third novel in my Expired Reality series. I have a prequel to a prequel to a prequel short story I want to write. And, I have Salt, the novel I worked on for NaNoWriMo this year – that thing is a mess.

Time to write.


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