You may be disheartened. Your goals may have been postponed, or changed completely by this trying time we find ourselves in. The world has grinded to a halt, and as a result, so have many of our goals. Book marketing and promotion might seem a bit pointless when people’s attention is so distracted. But I urge you, KEEP GOING!
Re-evaluate. Make a plan. But please keep in touch with your creativity right now. It will lift your spirits, and the spirits of others watching you do what you love throughout adversity.
My writing has always been a source of strength for me during hard times. Right now, I am writing for me, and me alone. No publishing goals. No marketing or promotion. I am writing to stay connected to my life purpose, to give me strength, and a distraction during this distressing time. My writing energizes me, giving me energy to face this current situation.
I once heard a motivational speaker say that the journey toward success was made up of periods of ACTION and periods of PLANNING.
I know many fellow writers are using this time of self isolation and lock down to make progress on their writing projects. Myself, I have been typing out the revised edition to my book Paid To Dance: Asha’s Story Part Two. On Saturday, I sat down and planned out my writing goals and tasks until July, so I will have plenty to keep me occupied during this time.
However, as the world has grinded to a halt, so have many of our goals. I know there are many authors out there who have delayed the release of new books. Book marketing and promotion might seem a bit pointless when people’s attention is so distracted.
Drop the idea that you have to be constantly working and grinding to be successful. While we may not be able to take action on our goals right now, we can plan. Even amidst the overwhelming uncertainty, we can still plan. And when the time comes again, we can put our plans into action.
It is 10.22pm here in Queensland on Australia’s east coast, and I’ve just finished writing the first two scenes of a brand new short story/novella (not sure what it will end up being yet). A prequel to my suburban noir short story The New Neighbors.
As any introvert could agree, Christmas is a draining time, especially with friends and family coming to stay. I am surrounded by people 24×7 at the moment, and I am exhausted. At 3pm this afternoon I crashed out, sleeping for two and a half hours, even though I had slept in until 9am that morning. There goes my writing time, I thought. Hence why I was writing til 10pm. Not good for the sleep cycles, but I need to take the writing time where I can get it at the moment.
After completing NaNoWriMo in November, I took a break from my main writing projects for the Christmas/New Year period. Hours at my retail jobs were picking up in the lead-up to Christmas, and celebrations with family and friends were beginning. However in early December I was itching to write something (quite foolish of me to think I could go a whole month without writing anything!).
I scratched this itch by starting work on a prequel to my supernatural short story Grave Bargains. I got that done, plus a complete rewrite of Grave Bargains as well. At the start of this week, I started planning work on the prequel to The New Neighbors.
I’ve found short story writing to be a great way to tide me over between big projects like novels. I’ve got so many of them waiting to be written and fine-tuned.
I like to have something small on the go to tap into when I have a spare moment amidst the chaos of the silly season. However this year, I will definitely plan ahead. Deciding what to work on, and then trying to do research and prep work has been tricky indeed. And don’t even get me started on trying to find the time to write.
When I do find the time, the injection of creativity gives me a boost of energy, which I draw on during this busy time.