Have you ever said to yourself, “This isn't going to work…I just don’t have time to write!” ?
Most writers have several jobs. We have our usual day jobs, y’know, the ones that pay the bills, but we are also parents, spouses, accountants, babysitters, dog walkers, boo-boo kissers, strong shoulders, housecleaners, and hopefully…somewhere in there, finally, writers.
Recently, in an effort to broaden my horizons, I signed up for a class entitled, “Becoming a Brand: Using Social Media to Become a Household Name” taught by Kristen Lamb. I’m sure many of you know who she is…I didn't because I’m so ridiculously new. Turns out this woman is a genius.
Like the rest of us, she has many responsibilities; mother, wife, best-selling author, freelance editor and speaker. Through her years of experience and vast knowledge, Kristen has created a unique program designed to help writers at every stage, from unpublished to published, to build a platform which will enable us to become successful.
Ahhh…where has she been all our lives?
Kristen not only teaches how to build our brands, our names, but also teaches the value of time and how to manage it correctly. She says we need to work smarter, not harder. This will help us market ourselves and eventually lead to lucrative writing careers…
…and that’s the whole point, right?
When I started this class, I was very skeptical. I work 8 hours a day, I have two very active children, a husband, a home…you know, the usual. Up until then, I had been struggling to find the time to write my manuscript with all of my responsibilities, and here I find this person telling me that not only will I have time to write my manuscript, but I’ll also have time to tweet and chirp and blog and whatever else we’re supposed to be doing out there in cyberspace, all the while taking care of every single one of my responsibilities.
Well… I've spent my most precious time reading her blogs and her book: We Are Not Alone: The Writer’s Guide To Social Media. Even though I have not yet finished it, I have to say, I am reformed.
She teaches that even though there are only so many hours in the day, we can and will make time for our writing because, rather than being a slave to time we’re going to make time work for us.
Since soaking in all of this information I have found new inspiration and motivation. I have looked at my schedule and figured out ways to work it all in. I am more motivated than ever to finish polishing my manuscript and get it out there, and while I’m doing all of this, I’ll be building my brand: Me. And, yes, getting all of those responsibilities taken care of as well.
And I’ll even manage to get some sleep.
Unfortunately, there isn't enough room on this blog for the wealth of information Kristen can impart, so everyone reading this post needs to check her out if you haven’t already:
…and then go get her book: We Are Not Alone: The Writer’s Guide To Social Media
…and when her newest release comes out, get that too: Are You There Blog? It’s Me, Writer
If you can’t wait…and really, why should you?...you can get both books for your e-reader now! Go ahead, all you have to do is open another browser window…
…while you’re at it, join Kristen’s Love Revolution…the #MyWANA Twibe on Twitter!
Before you leave, though, tell me about your own experiences with trying to cram it all in and what you've found works for you. Or maybe you haven’t found anything yet and need some advice…feel free to vent! The most important lesson I've learned, not only from Kristen, but from my fellow New Kids as well as the many other writers I've met so far, is how we can work as a team and help each other through this whole crazy process!