Only two? Well, let’s start there.
- WHAT DO I DO ABOUT GENRE? Ignore it. Writing a story isn’t about genre.
- Do social media because you like it, not because it’s something you’re supposed to do
That’s true of your blog, too. And mine.
I’ve heard these two idioms bounced around for a long time, by several authors, and they resonate because I believe them. (There are lots of others, but that’s for another time.)
These are the ones I need in my head right now.
I need to finish a book I’m writing.
I need to edit a book I finished writing. And edit another one that’s finished…
I allowed myself to get distracted and now the sand feels like it’s almost out of the hour glass. Shame on me.
So? What’s that got to do with those two bullet points?
They were bothering me, not just today, but for a while. I’d heard them before but I’d forgotten them, so when I saw those points again today, it underscored what I already knew. I made a note of it and shared it with you in case they were bothering you. I’m generous that way.
What the heck genre does my current story fit into??? It doesn’t really matter. It especially doesn’t matter right now, today, with it not complete.
But I also need to tweet and blog or my fan base will dry up and disappear. Well, some fans MIGHT disappear if they don’t hear from you today or this week, but if you don’t finish your book a lot more fans WILL go away. Cos they like chatting with you but you’re supposed be putting out stories for them.
Right, right. (Or should that say Write, write?) Finish the story THEN worry about that stuff.
It’s easy to get distracted and worried about stuff that isn’t a priority, even for me – and I’m one of the most structured people I know!
Now I can get back to finishing my story.
Go finish yours.