Hi guys! Check out the mini moodboards for my main (human) characters! I’m delighted to introduce you to Ultimate Grump™ Beth Bishop and Actual Sunshine™ Winnie Matthews.
I’m honestly so pleased with these little character moodboards that I’m going to make a bunch more. They were so much fun to make. They didn’t require a lot of time or effort.
And they helped me to feel like my fledgling writing career isn’t taking over my life.
My goal for 2017 was to get serious about writing. Not just serious about my novel, but serious about starting to build a platform. 2017 is the year that I (finally) work up the guts to step out of the shadows and start interacting with other writers online. And running a blog. And building social media platforms. And submitting short works to anthologies and collections.
Basically, it’s time to stop treating writing like a hobby and start treating it like work, because someday I want it to be an actual job of mine.
Unfortunately, treating writing like work sucks a lot of the fun out of it.
Don’t get me wrong, writing is still fun. But it’s no longer a relaxing hobby. I’m going slightly insane as I try to gain some traction on social media, run a regular and helpful blog, finish editing my novel, and…you know…have a life. All of the buffering tools in the world won’t help me get that “this is a consequence-free hobby that I like to dabble in!” feeling back.
I’m still figuring out how to snatch my life back from the monster that writing has become, but here are my best tips so far:
- TAKE A BREAK. The work will be there in two hours, two days, and even two weeks.
- Build a buffer. Writing a bunch of posts takes a lot of time, but once it’s done…it’s done. You’re free. You can just hit publish and go about your day as planned.
- If it feels like social media is gobbling up all your time, use automation tools to post buffered material. There are loads of free tools for every site imaginable, and some sites, like Tumblr, have a built-in queue function.
- Timers are your friend. Set them for everything. Restrict your social media time to fifteen minutes. Force yourself to write for an hour. Timers are the only thing between finishes-her-novel me and wastes-time-on-Twitter me.
- Indulge your plot bunnies—just a little. Did you just have a great idea for a new story? Of course you did. You’re a writer. Jot it down and explore it a little bit. As long as you don’t abandon your current project, there’s no harm in thinking about a different story for a bit.
- Find a new hobby. I’m of the firm belief that your job can’t be your hobby. Hobbies are what we run to when we can’t stand to do our jobs any longer. It’s a weird, almost disturbing thought, but…get a non-writing hobby. Maybe even a non-reading hobby. I know. It’s blasphemous.
Do you have any other tips? Will you please share? I need help.