What did I write today?

YA author Medeia Sharif, with a bazillion (or maybe it’s six) books to her credit, does a fun summary of her weekly writing activities on her blog. I love reading it. It’s a peek inside the daily workings of a published author. In a nutshell:

  • she’s always working on multiple books
  • she’s always thinking of how to market one or the other–or all of them
  • she’s always involved in some sort of marketing (by this I mean, past the planning)
  • AND–she constantly reads and reviews books to share with her blog readers

Amazing, innit? Medeia inspired me to keep track of what it is I do on a daily/weekly basis. Here it is:

  • read and review books in my genre. I track completed tomes using Goodreads’ 2014 Reading Challenge. I’d add the interactive widget here, but WordPress doesn’t support it. Click the image below–it’ll take you to the Goodreads page:

reading challenge

  • research for my much-delayed techno-thriller WIP.
  • draft between nine-twelve posts for my three primary blogs (Ask a Tech Teacher, WordDreams, USNA or Bust!). I do this when inspiration strikes. If I don’t memorialize them in draft form, I won’t have sufficient material for my commitments.
  • work on my non-fiction Technology-in-Education series. There’s a deadline here so I have to keep this project moving forward. Here are some examples:
  • draft/edit/format articles I contribute to several online ezines (like TeachHUB). These, too, have deadlines. I like to wait for inspiration to strike because I write more quickly then, but my muse doesn’t always accommodate me. Then, it’s research-write-edit: Get ‘er done!

Where Do I Start Concept

  • visit my efriends on social media to support them, check in, and learn something new. I use this as breaks in my writing activities. It rejuvenates me to see what the rest of the world is doing.

social media

  • spend ‘some’ time every week marketing, be it an email campaign, a brochure, or images for my books. There’s more than I can keep on top of, so I chip away at it. When I reach a deadline, I put everything else down to complete the project. I end up with a lot of posters like these:
  • about once a week, read and write a review for my Amazon Vine gig. Since I pick these books from an offer list, I am usually inspired and they go quickly.
  • at least once a week, I attend webinars and/or Tweetups in my areas of interest. This keeps me up to date on topics I write about.

social mediaIt doesn’t seem like that much when I list it out. Where DOES all my time go? What do you do with your day?

If you’re curious what other writers do all day, here’s Lynne Hackles post. And here’s Lucy Santos from the Crime Readers’ Association.

–republished from Today’s Author

More on a writer’s day:

8 Things Writers Can Do No One Else Can

15 Traits Critical to a Successful Writer

A Writer’s (Holi)day

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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is the author/editor of dozens of books on integrating tech into education, webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for Examiner.com and TeachHUB, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her book at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning. 

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  3. I need a nap after reading your daily schedule, Jacqui. Whew! That’s a lot of word territory in a day. Are you a speed reader? The most books I’ve read in a year–and purely for my own enjoyment–was 84. Each year that number has been shrinking. Ugh.
    When I look at your written output, I get weak in the knees or is that dizziness.
    Even if I had 23 hours in a day, fully awake, I can’t imagine accomplishing a third you do. Bravo, but be careful about your health. You are in inspiration. 


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