Got Free Time?

You’ve got time on your hands.

The fact that many of us are not participating in many social events these days frees up several hours a week or more for our writing, doesn’t it?

So, why when I talk to other authors, do I hear that it isn’t the case? That their time is being used up with anything but?

I am told that naps, computer games, and watching television are filling up all available “free time.”

So, that means productivity is down across the board. 

Have we lost our drive… our desire to write?

Can I suggest that we review our goals … renew our purpose for writing in the first place?

It you write to encourage others, there has never been a time when your words of encouragement were needed more.

If you write to cheer people up … to give them reason to laugh… now’s the time they need your funny, uplifting stories the most.

If you write so you can transport your readers back to another time in history or forward to future times, this is your golden opportunity.

If you write so that your readers can escape the mundane or the fear of life in the present, they may be waiting for a book that only you will write.

So you know what that means, write?

Linking

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NETWORKING. LINKING. MAKING CONNECTIONS.

That’s the name of the game.

Five years ago, I was told I needed to blog. 

Give content. Encourage.

I got in the habit of writing once a week on each of my websites, www.brendapoulosauthor.org and www.spiritualsnippets.com

That is a lot of writing. I learned to get as much “mileage” as I could from everything I wrote.

One simple way was linking my websites with Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads. Every time I write on one of my blogs, the content automatically goes to these three other social media avenues.

All I had to do was set and forget.

Authors have more and more to think about nowadays. As many things as we can set up like this, the easier we make it on ourselves.

That means more time for doing what we love—

Writing!

Writers and the Pandemic

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Recently, many people who have been laid off or are out of work, have learned to work from home. 

Most often, I hear stories about the challenges of scheduling uninterrupted time so the day’s work can be accomplished.  

For years, we writers have dealt with that problem—and many others: Back/neck pain, snacking/overeating, lack of exercise, trouble focusing, reduced income, sleep deprivation, family issues, lowered self-esteem due to unproductiveness and social isolation. 

So, fellow authors, our professional lives really haven’t changed too drastically. 

Low self-esteem can be the worst result. Especially if we tie our self-worth to our success as authors.

We need to write because that gives us pleasure or because we have a message we want to share. And that has to be enough.

If money and fame are the reason for doing anything, we are just setting ourselves up for hurt and disappointment.

But, here are things we can do, right now, that have lasting effects–new ways of helping others in the midst of our world crisis:

Write stories about disasters, memoirs, the triumphant human spirit. Craft devotionals, idea books for parents, songs and games for children. The list is endless.

We can use the creativity we possess as writers to encourage and inspire our readers.

What has the pandemic taught you about yourself? About others? How has it changed your life? Has it altered your thinking…your priorities…your faith…your writing?

 

Our Writing Should Reflect What Is In Our Hearts

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Your writing may look different lately.

You may not be working on that article or novel.

Instead, you may be sending cards of cheer. Notes of encouragement to friends and loved ones.

That’s good. Because our writing should reflect what is in our hearts. I’m guessing most are turned toward love, empathy, and compassion at times like these. 

Completing that book or writing those reviews may not be what is priority right now.

Let your heart and soul direct you to look beyond yourself and your circumstances. Let your writing speak to the needs of others. 

As authors, our words have the power to move, exhilarate, spread compassion.

Our words travel via the internet, telephone lines, and Hallmark cards. 

Whatever the vehicle, communication of how much we care is the key.

I wish you health, safety, and the knowledge that God is in control.

He loves and cares about us infinitely more than is possible for us to comprehend.

Care for a Goldfish?

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“I loved your book. I was up all night reading. I just couldn’t put it down!”

Comments like those are music to this author’s ears.

From the bottom of my heart, I am grateful that The Choice: Will’s Last Testament is getting such wonderful comments and reviews.

Such a warm reception gives me the energy to forge ahead and begin writing book #3!

It’s curious, isn’t it, what things give a human being the confidence to press on toward accomplishment?

A friend of mine is running a half-marathon in a few weeks. It’s something that she has never done before. It’s the challenge from another friend that pushes her to train each day.

I know someone who is trying to break an internet record for the most podcast interviews done in a certain length of time. It’s a lofty goal involving weeks of podcasts!

When teaching my daughter to drive a stick-shift, I remember finally resorting to popping a Goldfish cracker into her mouth each time she didn’t grind the gears!

So, the goal must be set.

But, there must be something that keeps the person moving toward that goal—a reward of some kind—that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow:

A record broken,

A pat-on-the-back,

A person’s name in lights,

Winning a contest,

Great five-star reviews.

So, dear writer, don’t bail on your dreams. Maybe, like me, all you really need is a little encouragement because

YOU CAN DO IT!!!  I KNOW YOU CAN!!!