Many of us Newbies balance our writing with family commitments and day jobs. When I wrote my first book, it was my hobby and I was able to devote what little spare time I had to it, undivided.
These days, times have moved on. With a book published, I am required to utilise social media to promote it regularly. Now, anyone that knows me will know that I’m a Twitter convert. I love meeting other writers, readers, and the world at large, and having a chat. This combined with regular blog posts and the fact that my favourite pastime is procrastination (I learned long ago that I’m fundamentally lazy) means that there aren’t many hours left in the day.
Also, my daughter is now eleven. I’m very aware that time is passing quickly and there’ll soon come a time when she will want to spend more time with her friends and less with me. The day approaches when she will leave home, move out to make her own way in the world. Although natural, like many parents, this thought places a lump in my throat and an ache in my heart. I feel the urge to spend as much ‘quality’ time with her as possible while she is still young enough to seek my attention.
Whether you’ve written a book, are engaged in writing one, or are dipping your toe into the short story or freelance market, these days we are all encouraged to build and maintain a writer’s platform. But how do we fit this in with our real love: writing?
It took me 18 months to write An Unfamiliar Murder. And the sequel is looking to be about the same. But with less time to devote to it – what is the answer? I’m at a loss. I’ve tried to make myself write first, then use social media as my treat. But forced writing isn’t conducive to making the words flow and quite frankly, doesn’t work for me.
I know I’m not alone. One of my great Twitter friends recently debated this issue. So, I’d like to open it up to everyone here. How do you find the time?
Jane Isaac’s first novel, An Unfamiliar Murder, is out on Amazon.com, Amazon.uk and Kindle worldwide now. Jane is still very much a Newbie and with a day job, a family and a very demanding black Labrador, she squeezes her writing into every spare moment she gets. You can catch up with her at www.janeisaac.co.uk