My kids are all away at college now, but when they were home, I was the chauffeur, the tutor, the short-order cook, the personal shopper, the hairstylist, the relationship counselor...I could go on. Now I seem to primarily be their banker.
I took a day off last week to do non-writing things. And by that, I mean I didn't sprint with Anna Adams to write a novel! Here's what I did:
-Wrote 10 guest blog posts (marketing/P.R.)
-Wrote a 50 word Valentine's blurb for a Harlequin mailer (marketing/P.R.)
-Finished a book trailer (graphic artist/advertising exec)
-Scheduled 10 Facebook posts on my fan page (media)
-Analyzed the impact of my last book release (marketer)
-Updated my web site with new book release information (marketer/advertising exec/web designer)
-Sent email requests to cross-promote with other authors (P.R.)
-Relaxed by searching through photo sites for new cover ideas (graphic designer)
Compare that to a more typical writing day:
-Did 45 minutes of rounds on social media/blogs/communities (not sure if this is P.R. or author)-Edited 3 scenes (author/editor)
-Wrote 8 new pages (author)
-Did a search on designer handbags (researcher)
-Did a search on luxury chocolates (researcher)
-Did a search on luxury bridal gowns (researcher)
-Searched where cocoa plantations grow best in Ecuador, culled facts to use in story without sounding like an encyclopedia (researcher/fact checker/author)
-Searched what kind of snakes eat people in Ecuador, forgot to bookmark and had to search for it again (researcher/fact checker)
So here's my conclusion: Being a writer today is like being a one-man band. The music doesn't sound so good if you aren't moving all your parts! So tell me, whether you're a reader or a writer, what was your day like yesterday? How many hats did you wear?
Melinda writes sweet romance, both for Harlequin Heartwarming and as a self-pubbed author. Learn more about her releases at MelindaCurtis.net and more about her book promotions on Facebook.