Sunday, June 28, 2015

Excuses

I have posted on my blog for two weeks. Want to hear my excuses? One weekend I was on grandma duty. The next, I was fighting a bout with a flu bug. Both of those are good reasons I didn't get my blog updated, right?

Maybe not. I knew in advance that I'd be on grandma duty and still I didn't work ahead to have a blog post up and ready to go. The flu bug, well, that one is unpredictable and left me tired for two days. There was no way I could have worked a head and by the time I felt good enough to write a post, it was almost time for this week's post.

So, I have one legitimate excuse and one no so legitimate. Both resulted in low productivity for my writing, no blog and no new writing. BUT I did work on my writing. I had three chapters to proof read and input the edits in the Microsoft Word document. Why? Because the only way to have results in your writing career is to work on your writing!

Take a look at the past two weeks of your life. Have you given your writing priority or was attending lunch with friends, cleaning house or watching a movie eat into your writing time? If so, what was your excuse to blow off your writing?

Remember you can't go back and recover your valuable writing time, if you want results you have to make your writing a priority and save your 'excuses' for other areas in your life.  

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Join!

There are professional organizations for almost every type of writing. Join one!

They provide support and valuable information. Many have monthly publications. Most have websites where authors offer courses or webinars (see my previous post). Some organizations print or post market guides for their members.

In addition they keep you up to date on your chosen genre, provide mentors or critique groups, and in some organizations can provide legal advice. Most of the organizations need volunteers and allow you to be as active as you want.

The draw back is some membership fees are pricey and many organizations assign you a chapter and you have chapter dues too. Research all organizations before you join. I've found the benefits of belonging to these organizations far outweigh the cons however I can't stress enough you need to join an organization that supports your chosen genre.