Do you look forward to Mondays - or do you dread them and wish your life away looking forward to Friday? I have to admit I used to be the former person, doing a job I really disliked, and one which left me with little time to write. Now I've packed it in and I'm able to stay at home, run my little home business, care for my horses and rescued dog - and write! Well that's the theory, anyway.
Of course, now that I'm able to write pretty much when I want to, I find all sorts of excuses not to; there's always something else to do first. Why should I procrastinate so much when I love writing? The thrill of getting drawn into a world of my own making is even worth the hardship of doing without a regular salary and having to severely 'draw in my belt.' I wonder how I managed to write at all when I was working full time.
Now, of course, with two books 'out there' and two more another 'in progress', I also have to think of ways of promoting - to let people know that I have books. Books that I hope the reader will enjoy reading as much as I enjoyed writing them. To that end I have a website, A Facebook and a 'My Space'. Two of my characters have their own 'My Spaces', I belong to countless groups and loops and I also have a BLOG: www.hywelalyn.blogspot.com, and another one I run with some friends: www.theauthorroastandtoast and they're terrible 'time sucks'!
So there it is. That's my excuse for procrastination. I have to admit that I love the interaction with other authors, and especially with readers. There is a danger, however, that I am spending so much time 'networking' that my actual writing is suffering. My poor WIPs have been in the seedling stage for far too long. It's time I put everything else aside and gave them the time and attention they need if they're ever going to have a chance to begin their journey to publication. It is really a fact that the more time one has, the more things one can find to fill it – so I'm making a late Resolution. Beginning next week I'm going to spend less time 'socialising' and more time writing.
Not as easy as it sounds though, is it! Do you have a similar problem or are you disciplined enough to be able to put aside enough time to actually write? If so, please tell me your secret!
She is crazy about all animals, especially horses, and loves the 'Western' way of riding which is becoming more popular in the UK. She lives with her long suffering husband, Dave, and her animal family includes two horses, two feral cats and an adopted Jack Russell terrier called Bouncer.
Her latest book Children Of The Mist is available from The Wild Rose Press and is a sequel to her debut novel, Starquest. She is currently working on the third book in the series and a historical Western. She also has a fantasy 'free read', entitled A Bargain With Death and has recently re-published a fantasy novella Dancing With Fate, which was originally part of TWRP's 'Song Of The Muses' series.
'Starquest', 'Children Of the Mist' and her 'freeread' can be found here:
Dancing With Fate: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/53249