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Under Pressure

      Get more followers! Get more comments! More views! More Re-Tweets! More! More! More! EAT ALL THE CAKE!
      Oops. I slipped into a little meme there at the end. Sorry about that.
      I am a writer. I’m not a natural self-seller. I’m not a born publicist, promoter, pimper-out-of-myself. (Pimper-out? Whaaa? Moving on.) I’m just a chick with words on a page and I don’t look good in hats.
      Unfortunately, I’m forced to wear them. Lots of different ones.
      Well, I should not say forced, but let’s be frank here, shall we? The likelyhood of getting a publishing contract with one of the big boys is – in this modern, digital era – pretty freakin’ slim. Smaller houses, even, are going for proven self-pubs or self-promoted authors who already have an internet identity to build-on. So in addition to writing the novel and making it the best, most lovely book it can be – we independent writers must be editors, publicists, agents, cover artists, and so on.
      Its a lot of pressure.
      Or at least it is for me.
      Thus, I am going a really low-key route. I’ve started a blog and its (mostly) about my work and process and whatnot. I’ve joined a few helpful writer’s groups. And I’m learning all the time about – new approaches, what works, what doesn’t, how to develop my ‘craft’ (which sounds SO pretentious, doesn’t it?), how to self-edit, better ways to compose, how to promote and sell the thing once its ready. But what I’m not doing (*cough*anymore*cough*) is letting myself get overwhelmed by all the other hats I will have to wear when any of these WIPs are ‘done’.
      Its too easy to become paralyzed by all the responsibilities, possibilities, choices, decisions… by all the WORK. And I cannot afford to let myself be bogged down by that stuff. First and foremost, I am a writer.
      I write for my own bat-shit crazy reasons; to clear my head, to placate the voices in my brain, to tell the stories of the characters I’ve discovered… All the rest, all those hats which are just going to give me static-y, frizzy hair anyway, can wait.
      Writing – the actual WRITING – is what is most important now.
      I mean, why have a blog about your writing if you don’t … actually … write…?

WTB Tardis, PST!

WTB Tardis, PST!

      Its two, two, TWO geek references in one subject line! Whee!
      Yes, today I am feeling in rather desperate need of a TARDIS or other space-time traversing device. Maybe a Time-Turner would work.
      Anything that would allow me to fulfill my familial obligations, my day job responsibilities, my writing goals, and my social media expectations. That’s not to mention the books I want to read, the movies and television shows I hope to catch up on, the friends I rarely get to see/call, the hand-made peanut butter-filled chocolate Easter eggs I want to learn to make with my fiancé’s mother.
      Now, writing a simple blog entry may not take hours of tinkering the way composing a chapter does, but it does require some time. And then there is the Twittering. I’ve only just opened my account and begun to follow people, and since I do not have a book to promote (nor a large collection of blog entries to recycle with tweets) I cannot really set my tweets up all at once and have them auto-tweeted on a schedule. I sort of just… tweet as it occurs to me that I have something to link to or say. Plus, participating in my Facebook writing groups, scheduling conferences to attend, scanning the stuff my family and friends post on Facebook (hey! Its important to keep up with baby photos and dramatic love lives! *wink*).
      Its overwhelming!
      There are so few hours in the day, I don’t know how people manage it all. I am hoping to get my name out there, my brand built even as my novel(s) are still being written and edited, yet I have not had a chance in two days to open my WIP and edit a single word!
      Ack!
      So in the coming weeks, I may post a lot or a little, I may tweet frequently or not, and I may not be as vocal in my Facebook groups as I’d like… but the whole point of this is to discuss and promote my work and my love of the written word. Thus, I need to learn to balance my time between WRITING and all the rest.
      Any one out there have brilliant tips for managing your time? Focusing those few precious writing moments? Quitting your day job to write and not starving to death, being evicted for non-payment and all that jazz? *grin* Just Kidding on that last bit… maybe.

Love & Rainbows,
P.P.