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A Blogging Fool: 5 Reasons Why I Write & Post Daily

If you’re familiar with this website then you know I blog five days a week and re-post during the weekends. It can be a hectic schedule and for many authors there is the legitimate question of why even do so since it can take away from valuable time writing books. Now I don’t advocate that everyone should blog as much as I currently do since everyone is different. Likewise, I may find that I need to adjust my schedule in the future for various reasons. However, I thought I’d share why I post blogs so frequently at this time. Here are 5 reasons why I blog on my current schedule:

1. I enjoy blogging. I didn’t think that I would like hosting a blog but I’ve found that I like it very much. Therefore, I want to blog as often as I’m able.

2. I write a blog post because it’s a great creative outlet. I’ve found that I often generate fiction and blog ideas through writing my posts as well as other writing outlets. It keeps my creativity active.

3. It keeps me motivated. Rather than feeling like a drudgery or a waste/drain of writing time, I’ve found that writing posts actually keeps me motivated and enthused about writing as a whole. As such, I’ve begun to receive requests to write guest posts and interviews for other blogs which is very beneficial to my author platform.

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4. I can write ahead of my schedule and adjust it as needed. I write as often as I can, sometimes several posts a day depending on my schedule and the number of ideas I have. This allows me to stay ahead of my schedule most weeks. If something happens, like being sick, then I’m not under pressure to post or suspend my blog. There’s less stress. In fact, I was sick several weeks ago and really didn’t feel well for a week but I was so far ahead I could just rest. My main problem since then has been getting back in the creative flow.

5. Yes, it’s a marketing tool but this reason is the least of my reasons. However it’s one way to get content in front of readers. As I mentioned above, I’m now receiving requests for guest posts on other blogs. This great for expanding my visibility. My novel is not due out until later in the year but blogging serves as a foundation for marketing toward the launch.

How often do you write blog posts? Why do you post on your current schedule? Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. I’d also love to connect with you over social media so check my Contact page for that information. See the News page for announcements and remember to sign-up to receive news and posts by email. I’ve added a new sign-up tab on my FaceBook page to simplify the process. New followers can download The Black Bag via free coupon today! Also, the cover of my book, The Bow of Destiny, was revealed recently so take a look.

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5 Ways You Can Harness Your Limited Writing Time

LeftHandIn a post last week, I wrote how I wanted to take better advantage of time by breaking one habit – believing limited time meant I had no time to write. But what ways can a writer re-gain control of their daily opportunities to write? Here are a few strategies I’m trying. Again, the idea isn’t to frantically write in every spare moment but to find ways to be a bit more productive instead.

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1. I’ve stopped believing I don’t have time. This habit formed over time when I was tired, rushed or distracted. It was a slippery slope of one day that coalesced into many. I now look for spare moments and decide whether I actually have time to write – really write, not just post on social media where I end up wasting more time.

2. Make notes – I’m using features in Scrivener to make notes about my thoughts when I stop writing. This way I have a reference on which to re-gain my creative mindset when I have those small bits of time to write. Too often, I don’t use the time because I don’t know where to start – or how. Shifting gears between tasks in a busy day means creativity gets buried. Having a reference point gets me started.

Doodling3. Try a short, creative exercise – getting back to creativity means shutting down your practical mental state. You can do this rather quickly by writing a few brainstorming words about your topic or story. Doodling in curves, especially in color, can help too. But again, being time conscious means that you don’t take too long at this. I suspect that the more you practice changing mental gears the better you become. Likewise, I think that stopping these exercises means you lose the ability to be mentally nimble.

4. Building on the notes – try journaling earlier in the day where you focus your effort on your story and other projects. As you journal imagine aspects of what you can write during the day and note these. Are there fictional conversations that you can distill from your thoughts as well as other details. If you have other projects, what ideas do you want to address. This brings all those vague notions from your mind so that you have something definite about which you can write when ready. The main idea is to journal with the purpose of bringing ideas to the forefront and then having them ready to use at a moment’s notice.

SunDial5. Don’t waste valuable minutes when time is short and you can’t get busy on a particular project. If you have other projects to work on like writing a blog post be ready to shift to that and accomplish something. Just making progress writing is positive enough to keep you going later. Also, I’ve found that being creative one way actually stimulates my writing in other ways. If you want to use small blocks of time then use them any way you can just have a fall-back plan if your stuck.

What strategies do you have for writing in limited time? Do you find that you often think you don’t have time to write but spend the time on something unproductive? Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. I’d also love to connect with you over social media so check my Contact page for that information. See the News page for announcements and remember to sign-up to receive news and posts by email. I’ve added a new sign-up tab on my FaceBook page to simplify the process. New followers can download The Black Bag via free coupon today! Also, the cover of my book, The Bow of Destiny, was revealed recently so take a look.

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Clearing A Logjam: Why A Project Needs Completion

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Sometimes writing flows easily like a swift river or current and sometimes it grinds away like a glacier. But for me, it’s always moving. However, a few weeks ago I really struggled with my blog. I just didn’t seem to have ideas readily available. That whole week I wrote posts from day to day which is not normal for me since I tend to be ahead of the game by at least a few days if not a week.

But then the logjam cleared and everything started flowing almost too fast. On that Sunday, I woke up early with four blog post ideas in mind. I got out of bed and started writing. By the end of the day I had six posts written in my Scrivener project. That was a major sea-change from several days earlier.

So what happened that I suddenly wrote so much? There are a few reasons. First, back in December I wrote several blog series that lasted between 4-5 weeks. I had ready-made ideas just waiting to be written. But starting with January I had fewer series in mind so I had to work harder to generate ideas.

Also, during my grinding week of blogging I was busy completing preparations for sending my novel to my editor. This minor project actually took up more of my creative capacity than it seemed. Thus I had less creative energy for ideas.

MorgueFileWaterfallSo the day before the explosion of writing I completed that little project. After a good night’s sleep my creativity was reset with the closing of the previous project and the backlog of ideas erupted. Fragments of thought germinated into full-fledged concepts and all that creativity woke me before sunrise with lots of impetus to write. I had the bodies of four posts completed in Scrivener within three hours. Later that afternoon, I completed two more posts for the total of six.

But what’s more, when I looked at some other ideas I had noted and left hanging, they also clicked in my mind. I knew that over the next few days I would easily write those as well. After all that I had developed quite a backlog of posts to begin scheduling in coordination of upcoming author interviews and blog tours I’m hosting. At this point, I’m several weeks ahead on blog development which has actually freed me up to write more fiction while my novel is with the editor.

So there’s a lesson in all of this for me and maybe you as well. When it comes to blogging, grind away when required but don’t give up. When the creativity erupts, ride the wave of creativity and write as far ahead of your blog schedule as possible. I’m now weeks ahead and plan to stay that way. I also have the flexibility to reschedule posts as necessary if anything comes up.

At this point, I’m progressing very well with the rough draft of my 2nd book and working on short fiction. I’ve been able to compose a number of blogs that are schedule to be posted. So clearing the issues have been very fruitful over the last few weeks.

Book Cover Green Top & Bottom Cover - CopyWhat holds you back with your blogs? Does your pace ever grind like a glacier? What have you done to clear your logjams? Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. I’d also love to connect with you over social media so check my Contact page for that information. See the News page for announcements and remember to sign-up to receive news and posts by email. I’ve added a new sign-up tab on my FaceBook page to simplify the process. New followers can download The Black Bag via free coupon today! Also, the cover of my book, The Bow of Destiny, was revealed recently so take a look.

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