The Time Monster

The time management monster has bitten and eaten me. Yes, I haven’t posted in a long time. And for that I apologize. Here’s what’s been happening. My mundane job is 40 hours per week, but the last two months it seems to be more like 60 hours per week. We published two books during that time. I finished a book that will be out in August. (A stand alone, coming of age story set during WWII called Not Another Gold Star.) I am close to finishing the fourth book in the Mel Addison Mystery Series that I want to have out during the holidays this year. I began writing the sequel to Desperate Situations (writing as Abby Holden). And…and I went back to school to earn my bachelors.

So as you can see, the time monster ate all my time. I will do better at keeping up with my one blog a week. We will also go back to doing the Author Help Line in July. So come join us. More info later on that.

So now that the news is over… I have found that when I started back to school, I felt very overwhelmed. I had so much to do and no time to do it. The time monster was devouring me. Until I sat myself down and said, “Self, just concentrate on one thing at a time. Get your ducks in a row on one thing, then move on to the next.” Since then I’ve gotten my writing mojo back, I soooo missed it. I can squeeze in only 20 minutes a day of new writing (at lunch, during my mundane job). The other five hours that I have free, I do homework first, then editing for our authors, then marketing for the business, then other business stuff, then collapse in bed.

But I have tamed the time monster enough to have him on a leash. So if you’re feeling the same way, just concentrate on one thing at a time. Give it your all then move on. If all you can do is write for 20 minutes a day, then write for 20 minutes a day. But during that 20 minutes, write like your life is depending on it. Then move on. I know it doesn’t sound like a lot of time spent on writing, but trust me it adds up. I have almost half of the sequel to Desperate Situations done. All at 20 minutes a day.

Stay tuned.

Angela Abderhalden
Author Mel Addison Mystery Series
Acquiring Editor, Seventh Wave Books, LLC


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