Writing Structure: The Not-So-Sexy Key to Hitting Writing Goals
BLUF: All About Structure
If you're serious about publishing, you need structure in your writing life.
Here's a brief outline of what my writing day looked like when I was employed: 4:45 am - 5:00 am - Check & update Amazon rankings spreadsheet
5:00 am - 7: 15 am - Uninterrupted writing (except for coffee refills)
Lunch - Research time (read a writer blog, a marketing FAQ, anything to address my crappy business side of writing)
8:00 pm - 8:45 pm - Check & update Amazon ad stats
As you can see, writing (especially as an Indie) can be an intense journey. There's a lot to get done and, unless you have some magic I'm not aware of, you only have 24 hours in your day too.
You have to dedicate time to do these things. Instead of turning the TV on at night, why not also bring the laptop to the couch and get some ad work done?
And for those of you seeking the Trad route, don't think you get off free. Unless you landed a Big House deal, you're going to need to know the business side as well because small houses don't have the staffing or money to do it for your book (especially if it isn't a new release).
What part of your structure works well?
Where does it need a little more TLC?
(Are you even thinking about these things?)