DSB: Writing Priorities

Hi folks, Leah here stopping in to talk to you for a little bit.

The past couple of weeks across the blog have been wonderful. Both Ileandra and Raven have been able to tell you about fantastic changes in what they’re doing and improvements to the creative process. I have had a great time putting words together and learning from various podcasts, blog posts and books.

The advice that comes out most from my learning and research is that writers write . . . I know that sounds obvious, but I think one of the reasons that I was so distressed a short while ago is because I wasn’t actually writing much. Sure, I’d do blog posts four times a week, but in terms of producing new books? Not so much.

As I jiggled my day around to get more sleep and incorporate more exercise, I also began to look more closely at how I spent the time I have available to me outside those things. This is what I discovered, in order of most time spent while I’m at the laptop:

  • Blogging
  • Facebook
  • Writerly networking
  • Writerly admin (KDP, Smashwords, formatting etc)
  • Writerly emails
  • Writing books

Yeah . . . look at that list! Right at the bottom is the thing I should be doing the most of: writing books. No wonder I was so stressed!

So I decided to shake things up a bit. Those of you who know me personally may have noticed my activity on Facebook fall, as well as my disappearance from Twitter. I’m still there, but I no longer take part in things like #WritingChat (though I’m hoping to return very soon). I’ve also been lax about many emails sitting in my inbox, because I’ve told myself ‘No, no, write first, then check your mail.’

Insofar as my wordcount and productivity, that’s great! For the blog, not so much. Instead of having fun/fan posts lined up in advance, I find myself writing them the night before again, and panicking over the detail I want to include and/or the researching required to make sure the post delivers what I promise.

Not so great.

I’ve also noticed that while this blog has a pretty consistent level of views and new follows, I seem to be attracting other writers. Let me stress that this is not a bad thing. It’s just . . . marketing is so hard and difficult, I don’t want to make things harder for myself by pouring myself into something that isn’t reaching the people I want to reach to further my career.

So it’s time for another change.

While I adore you, my writing buddies, you’re not the people I’m writing for (unless you are?). I’m writing for readers and I need to divert a portion of my efforts towards finding them.

I’ve decided not to drop this blog, but to scale it back. Four posts a week (lately five) is pretty ambitious and that is writing time I should be devoting to producing more stories. In November, when things go nutty for NaNoWriMo, I’m going to drop back to two posts a week, these on a Monday. I’m going to alternate between Ileandra and Raven, meaning that their goals will now stretch across a fortnight, rather than a week. I’m not sure how this will work out yet, but I want to test drive the idea for a couple of months and see if I can stay on top of all the different threads. The ‘fun’ or ‘fan’ post that usually comes in the morning will continue to do so, but every other Monday.

In the background of all this, I’m planning to do more work on the author sites belonging to Ileandra and Raven. They are mostly static at the moment (and in need of a LOT of work), but it would be lovely to see some traffic there. I’m going to generate that, hopefully, by moving some of this blog’s content to those sites. Things like reviews will still appear here, but excerpts, cover reveals and competitions I’m going to shift there. I’ll then reblog the posts here so nobody misses out.

It’s a big change, I know, but my reading is leading me to be slightly more business minded and I need to be sensible about how and where I spend my time. Yes, the amount of time I have will change constantly, but the fact that I can choose what to do with it remains the same.

It’s up to me to make the right choice. ^_^


About Da Shared Brain

I am the mind behind Ileandra Young and Raven ShadowHawk. They call me da shared brain (DSB) and I quite like it, so I thought I'd make my presence here known. You won't hear from me much, but enough to remind you that I'm here.
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