we turn we’re being told to get more connected. Platform building is an
writer if you can’t…well…write well.
focusing your time and energy?
wrong, I know we all need to build a viable platform and that includes an online
presence. Most of you know I travel around the country teaching writers to do
just that. But even though I teach platform building, I still only spend thirty
minutes a day, five days a week, on my personal social media; and one two-hour
block of time each week generating blog posts.
And I won’t make it if I spend all my time on Facebook, Pinterest and blogging.
platform with this formula. More importantly, I’ve stayed focused on learning
of the tricks I’ve learned to help me build a platform without sacrificing
valuable writing time.
- I’ve determined my
best time of day to be creative. For me, it’s the morning. Not before dawn
early, but about nine until noon.
- I guard my
creative time. If I need to do something that’s not creative, I make sure I
do it before or after those magically creative hours. I don’t want to squander
that time on making up interesting stuff to share on Facebook. Instead I want
to use it writing books.
- I use an ancillary
program to schedule my social media. I personally prefer Hootsuite, but
Tweetdeck or Buffer both work well, too. This allows me to schedule Tweets and
Facebook updates throughout the day, without having to actually be on Facebook
- I check social
media periodically during the day. I peek at Hootsuite every couple of
hours to see if anything interesting has popped up or if anyone has mentioned
me. By peek, I spend no more that FIVE minutes. After that, it’s back to work.
- I keep regular
hours. For me, writing is a priority and I make sure my life choices
reflect that. I don’t sacrifice my time with God or with my family to write,
but after those, it’s always next.
Now I’d love to hear from you. What do you do to
guard your writing time?
Edie Melson is the author of four books, as well as a freelance editor with years of experience in the publishing industry. Her popular blog, TheWrite Conversation, reaches thousands of writers each month, and she’s the co-director of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference. Her bestselling ebook on social media has just been updated and re-released as Connections: Social Media& Networking Techniques for Writers. She’s the Social Media Mentor at My Book Therapy and the social media director for Southern Writers Magazine. You can connect with Edie through Twitter and Facebook.