Wayward – definition: disobedient; turning or changing irregularly; irregular
Let’s start with a problem a great many writers/authors face – the consistency of our social media presence. We are encouraged (read expected) to have a platform and engage our readers on a constant basis. So how can the majority of us do that? Holding down a day job, a home, family commitments, some sort of social life, and the time to write, limits our ability to have the presence we are ‘required’ to have. The result is an irregularity of posts, blogs, tweets and so forth.
The answer is different for everyone because all of us have restrictions on our time to varying degrees. How can we change the irregular into the regular? Here are two scenarios:
Tom – He works full time, is married with three kids ( 6yrs, 10 yrs and 13 yrs), his wife works part-time, and they live in a 4 bed roomed house with a large yard. The majority of his weekdays are taken up with work, helping get the kids to and from school and their activities as well as looking after them when his wife is working evenings. Weekends are more kid related activities and yard work.
Angela – She is married, has one child (8 years old) and works full time. Her husband works away a lot leaving her with household and yard chores for the majority of the time as well as looking after their child.
So where can they fit in writing and social media? The trick is to find periods when there is less demand for their involvement.
Tom – travels by train to and from work – he can write and ‘blast’ social media while travelling. Evenings when his wife is at home he can ‘escape’ to his writing space for an hour or two.
Angela – Her child’s school bus picks up thirty minutes before she needs to leave for work – writing or social media time. When her husband is home she allots an hour or two during his time off to her writing.
Obviously these are fictitious characters, but hopefully it gives you an idea how time can be managed. A routine of posts on social media can be created as long as the frequency is workable for your schedule. Look at when (date in the month, time of day etc.) works best for you and make it your ‘writer/author’ time. Personally, I found drafting blog posts in advance has helped me a great deal…no mad panic each morning thinking of a subject.
Care to share your writing time tips?
Take a look at these links: http://www.theguardian.com/edinburgh/2011/apr/14/edinburgh-sara-sheridan-digital-rights
And for a little perspective in rhyme.
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