Happy New Year, everyone! Welcome to my first blog entry of 2014.
Since just about every author in blogosphere is talking about their goals and plans for this New Year, I figured I’d do the same. This year I only have one goal. I know that sounds peculiar, but I’ve learned a lot about myself during 2013. I’ll share those things in a moment, but my one goal is this – to work in a way that is pleasing to me and doesn’t cause me undue stress.
If you are a borderline Type A personality like me, you tend to put more pressure on yourself than is necessary. Often I hear writers saying they have trouble getting started working. I have trouble stopping, and that's not a good thing. When I set a release date, and I’ve announced it to readers, I HATE having to change it because I couldn’t meet my own deadlines. That has only happened once, but it was totally embarrassing.
Part of this decision involves my self-imposed work schedule. In three and a half years I’ve released eight books, and between writing, revisions, editing, marketing/promotion, and necessary social networking, etc., I have usually worked seven days a week. Most of those seven days, hubby has been asleep for hours, yet I’m still sitting up in bed on the laptop until I’m so tired my eyes just close of their own accord. Don’t get me wrong, I could write (create) every day of my life, but most this isn’t even writing. So, during the Christmas holiday, when I didn’t feel like working, I didn’t. Then I caught some kind of bug from one of the grandkids on Christmas Day. Since I wasn’t feeling up to par, I slacked off my author responsibilities. To tell you the truth, I kind of enjoyed staying in bed and reading someone else’s fiction. Any multi-published author will tell you that you CAN get sick of reading your own stuff over and over and over…
We’ll see what happens….