C. A. Pack

Musings & Brainstorms & Rants

Who has the time?



I love to hear what other writers are buzzing about and one of the best ways to do that is to join a writer’s group on LinkedIn, and there are lots of them. There’s The Writers’ Network, Fiction Writers Guild; Authors, Writers, Publishers, Editors & Writing Professionals; The Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators; Children’s Book Authors & Illustrators; International Thriller Writers… the list goes on, and so do the postings.

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The problem, of course, is that if you read and respond to (or as the buzzword puts it: engage) other writers on those sites, you’ll never have enough time left over to actually write. And even if you do, you’ll probably have to use it to market your last book, instead of working on your next one.

A well-known thriller writer taught a workshop a few years back that speculated if a writer could pen just 3 pages a day, which sounds totally feasable, (s)he could write at least two books a year. But even three pages a day is a stretch, when you’re also busy blogging, responding, engaging, reading and researching. Notice, I didn’t even mention eating, sleeping, or day-to-day living.

I don’t know what the answer is, but I wish someone could beam the information straight into my brain. Just don’t email me, because that takes up an additional hour or so - all by itself. And who has time?