I want to thank everyone who asked me a question for my Dear Author Dearest post on Darkly Delicious YA. It was difficult to chosee just one question, but I went with "What's your take on voice? Some people say it can't be learned. Do you agree?” because this is a subject that comes up a lot when speaking to aspiring authors. You can click here to see my response.
As promised, I'm going to take the next few weeks to answer the other questions here on my blog, starting with how I divvy up my time.
Here's the question:
"I'd like to see how people divvy up their time between writing/blogging/social media. Pie charts please."
I have this information included in one of my school presentations, pie charts and all. J
For the purpose of this post, "blogging" is included "social media". Most of that time is either writing or reading blog posts, with time on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media kept to a minimum.
How I divide my time changes depending on the time of year (I write less in summer than I do in winter) and if I have a book coming out (just swap “writing” and “marketing” and you’ll get a good idea of how my time shifts during the weeks leading up to a release). But overall, the charts below do a good job of depicting a typical workday.
Before I was published, writing time really was writing time. You'll notice I include querying, social media, and reading. I'd take a break from writing to do research on agents and editors, keep up with my friends on social media, bounce around the blog-sphere, and of course enjoy a good read.
Once I sold my first book more time went to keeping up with emails and marketing. Just before a release, writing time is spent writing guest posts, doing interviews, and preparing for the release date.
The above charts make it look like I spent most of my day writing, and that would be amazing. But I work full-time and then there are all of life's other little distractions. Below is a realistic look at a typical 24-hour day.
How does this compare to your typical day? Do you limit how much time you spend on social media? Does the amount of time you spend writing/blogging/on social media change depending on the time of year?
Thanks Leslie S. for this questions!
Feel free to use this idea for a similar post on your blog. Be sure to come back and post the link to your post in the comments so I can stop by.