by Madelle Morgan
Some authors publish a new book every month or so. Apparently volume is the freeway to success. Write fast, get them online, and sales will roll in.
Well, I'm stuck on a back road, having taken too many detours...
I've indie-published a book a year, for a grand total of two.
And, I'm behind schedule to revise and publish the next in the Hollywood in Muskoka series this fall.
What's new with me is that I decided to find out if I could write faster. I signed up for a course called, what else, Write Better Faster, taught by Becca Syme at MargieLawson.com. It started May 1.
Meanwhile, I've been analyzing why I don't seem to have a block of time to write. The answer?
"My brain has too many tabs open."
There's so much valuable information about writing, publishing, marketing, what's going on with my friends, those funny memes... you get the gist. What if I miss something important?
For example, Sunday morning, prime writing time, I was browsing through a favorite Facebook writers' group posts, and discovered a link to a Myebook.co.za article on how to create 3D book covers.
Of course I had to try it. Marketing is so important for indie authors, right?
Then I went to Canva.ca, a free design site, and created this.
The end result? All my books have 3D images. Writing word count on Sunday? Zero.
You already know what I need to do in order to carve out time to write.
Ah, easy to say, not so easy to do. Social media is like a box of chocolates--difficult to resist.
I discovered, online of course, that there are applications to force a person to disconnect from those time-suck distractions. Efty Konick published a list in a Linkedin post entitled 5 applications to disconnect from the Internet and be more productive.
The post is three years old, so there are probably many more apps available today. I'd search for them, except for the fact I'm trying to limit my time online.
As of now.
After I play my Scrabble turn on Facebook...
Madelle has written and published Diamond Hunter, a romantic suspense, and Caught on Camera, a Hollywood wedding romance.
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