Just 10 Minutes a Day
By: Jo Linsdell
One of the most common complaints I hear from writers is about lack of time. Being a writer (or at least being a successful one) involves various tasks. Writing is an obvious one but then there’s the marketing side. You need to build your author brand and promote your work so that people know it exists. But if you’re spending time marketing you’ll be cutting away at your writing time. If you don’t spend time marketing no one will ever see your writing. I have some good news for you though. You can do both with just 10 minutes a day.
We all have busy life styles but finding 10 minutes out of 24 hours is something we can all do and those 10 minutes can make a big difference to the “big picture”.
These are a great way to up your word count. Set a timer to 10 minutes. You have until the buzzer sounds to get down as much writing as possible. You’re not going after perfect text here. It’s about getting the words down. You’ll be able to rip it to pieces when you’re in the editing stage.
If you work best with a bit of competition search on Twitter using hashtags #WritingSprint or #WordSprint. You’ll find other writers to sprint with. Encouragement, motivation, and networking thrown in with your 10 minute writing challenge.
Social Media Marketing.
10 minutes is enough time to schedule posts to go out on your Facebook page for a week. Think about it. 1-2 posts a day for 7 days. That doesn’t take long. A link to an article, an inspiration quote, a quick tip, a question… obviously the content you post will depend on your marketing strategy but setting up a weeks worth in advice means you’ll have a constant presence on your page and be able to concentrate on other things, like writing your book, for the rest of the week.
The same thing can be done for Twitter. Use a tool like HootSuite or SocialOomph to program some tweets in advance. If you sync your Facebook page with your Twitter account you can hit two birds with one stone and get more mileage out of the same content. Just make sure you sync Facebook to Twitter and not the other way round. The two sites are very different and have different rules and etiquette to follow.
You will of course still need to take a minute here and there through out the week to engage with your social networks (it is “social” media after all) but the content side of things will be covered.
These are just two very simple examples but you get the idea. 10 minutes a day is doable for everyone and at the end of the month you’ll be surprised at how much you got done. So if you’re dreaming of becoming a writer but holding off because you “don’t have the time”, now you do. Even if it’s “just 10 minutes a day”.
Jo Linsdell is an international best selling author and illustrator, award winning blogger, and freelance writer. She is also the founder and organiser of the annual online event Promo Day (www.PromoDay.info) and C.E.O. of www.writersandauthors.info. Find out more about her at her website www.JoLinsdell.com