I was talking to my husband yesterday about my book, which is to be released soon (how soon, I don't have a clue). I was lamenting about the need to do so much marketing and promotion if I wanted to see my book succeed.
Right now, I follow several blogs, I'm on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Jacketflap, and Cafe Mom. I'm sure I've missed others in that list.
I told him, "This is too much like work, and I don't like it." Like it or not, an author's role in marketing and promotion is necessary. So, I know that, but that doesn't mean I have to like it. What it does mean is that I need to change the focus of my day.
My routine has been to get up, turn on the computer (and coffee :)) and begin to clear out emails and make appropriate responses to them and all the Facebook emails that come my way. It usually takes me a couple hours to do all that. By then, I'm tired of doing those things, but more is yet to come. I have a blog, which I need to post to several days a week, interviews to conduct for said blog. I handle the household budget, and my husband gets paid every week, so there are those bills to handle, too. Then, I've been helping my daughter with her paperwork for college.
Too much busy work!
Writing is supposed to be fun...well, it is work, too, but of a different kind. I've lost my energy and focus about my writing because I'm spending so much time doing other stuff.
I've come to a conclusion.
The only way I see to get out of this mess, and quit having my necessary writing related activities bog me down is to change the order in which I do things during the day. After all, no one is going to be upset if I visit their post until later in the day, as opposed to the first blush of the new day.
So, write first. Duh. I don't know why I didn't come to this conclusion earlier! And you, my dear reader, knew all along that this is where I should have ended up in the first place. But sometimes it is easy to lose sight of the bigger picture when bogged down with the details.
So revitalize yourself. Tap into that muse earlier in the day, before the emails and blogs, before the social networking. That's what I'm going to be doing, and I'm looking forward to a change in my mood, and my muse is going to be a lot happier, too.