Three of my favorite words! Other than “Going to beach” or “Your book’s selling,” I love hearing “It’s the weekend” probably more than anything else in the world! Better yet, I have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING planned this weekend. It’s such a liberating and wonderful feeling.
And yet I’ve come to realize that authors, particularly independent authors, never truly have NOTHING to do. There is always something that we can be working on. For example…
1) Although my latest manuscript is in the hands of editors and proof-readers, I could still be going back through, re-reading, and making sure I’m happy with everything. I could also be brushing up on my formatting, coming up with a blurb for the back of the book, investigating the ISBN, etc.
2) Researching my current WIP. I have six books that I need to read, or at least browse, for information on my newest manuscript. Four of those books are library books, so my time is limited on those.
3) Actually writing my new manuscript.
4) Finishing up The Amazing Crystal, the latest book that I’m reading and reviewing. PS – If you’re interested in a book exchange to read and review (I review on Amazon and GoodReads) leave me a note in the comments section!
5) Reading any of the other books that I have lying around. Reading is IMPORTANT for authors! If you don’t enjoy reading, how can you enjoy writing? Besides, there is always something to be learned!
6) Working on my new trilogy of paintings. Okay, that has nothing to do with being an author, but I don’t like leaving projects unfinished. And these paintings are going to be really cool!
So if I’m being honest, I’m actually in for a very busy weekend. In a lot of ways, being an author really reminds me of being in graduate school. There’s a lot of reading and libraries involved and the writing never seems to end. The only difference is now I’m reading and researching and writing what I want instead of being assigned something. I love it so much!
However, on the downside, there are no professors around to make sure you finish your work, and I’ve met plenty of aspiring writers who love writing but who have difficulties actually finishing a manuscript. I can’t judge them, because I have plenty of unfinished manuscripts lying around. It’s easy to think, “Oh, there’s no one holding me to finishing this. I can just take my time.” In the world of independent writing, you’ve got to hold yourself accountable. Set deadlines for yourself, and if you don’t make them, set new deadlines. That way, you’re always pushing yourself to keep going, to keep writing. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t worry about what anyone else will think. Write first and foremost for yourself and because you love it. There are so many people out there who will think you’re crazy for spending so much of your time writing, but the truth is, if you love it, you’d do it for free. For you, writing is fun. It’s a way of life, a release, a joy. I hope each and every one of us gets to the point where we can write for a living.
Life is a gift, meant to be loved and enjoyed. That’s why I write, because I want to live life the way I was meant to live it; thankful, in awe, and in love.
Happy Weekend, all!