Doesn’t it drive you nuts? I’m waiting on my editor, waiting on my cover artist. What’s a girl to do while she’s waiting?
Time to get back to the short story I was working on. Or, better yet, get back to plotting the next brooch story. It doesn’t matter which one I work on, just as long as I write something.
From what I’m hearing from those “in the know,” authors need to put out new content every three months. Geez, it takes me months/years to write and edit a book. So how in the heck can I get new content out in three months?
Write faster. Write smarter. Stay focused. Stick to a goal-setting plan. Find someone to hold me accountable. That’s the big one. Accountability. Out there in the real world where I had to get dressed every morning and put on make up, I had bosses to hold me accountable. Working at home, there’s only me, and if I want to spend an afternoon researching instead of writing, I do. But wait, I don’t think I’ll be successful in getting new content out in three months if I don’t stick to a strict writing plan.
So, starting tomorrow, I’m going to hold myself accountable to write 2500 words a day. If I do that, I’ll have the first draft of The Sapphire Brooch written in forty-five days. It took ten weeks to write The Ruby Brooch so seven might be pushing it, but I’m going to give it the college try. Who knows, I might have another book to release by the end of the year, and wouldn’t that be awesome.
Happy writing & running, Kathy
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