It's the first Wednesday of the month, and you know what that means! Let's convene another meeting of The Insecure Writer's Support Group. Our esteemed leader Alex J. Cavanaugh has gathered another horde of minion helpers for this month: C. Lee McKenzie, Rachel Pattinson, Elizabeth Seckman, Stephanie Faris, Lori L. MacLaughlin, and Elsie Amata.
Be sure to check out the IWSG website, because today is the day they announce the theme for the next anthology contest!
This month I'm in promotion mode, because I have two books coming out at the end of the month. The first is the third novella in the Self-Help 101 series. Self-Help 101 or: How to Select a Costume to Help You Deal With People comes out September 27th. This one takes place during Halloween, and it was a lot of fun to write! I'm having a cover reveal on Tuesday, September 13th, and if you'd like to help me out, please sign up below!
I'm also doing a blog tour throughout the month of October. If you'd like to host me, please let me know in the comments and I'll get in touch soon!
The second book is an anthology called Circuits & Slippers. This book features classic fairy tales that have been retold as science fiction stories. I'm honored to be featured alongside so many great authors. This one comes out September 29th, and if any of you would be interested in obtaining an ARC, you can do so by following this link:
So yeah, there's a lot going on, and I feel a bit insecure about that. Promotion still is not my strong suit, but I'll certainly do what I can. The great part about being in an anthology is that at least you have your fellow authors working on promotion too. That certainly helps.
Now for the question of the month.
How do you find the time to write in your busy day?
I can say this much. Since my kids started back to school, it's a lot easier to find the time. Even so, the demands of daily life can still get in the way.
For me, it's all about goals and scheduling and making the most of the time I have.
I make weekly goals, and that helps keep me on track. When I make these goals, I look at what else I need to do that week, and I think about what kind of writing goal seems reasonable. Setting unrealistic goals only discourages me, and that results in me accomplishing even less. It's a lot easier to find the motivation when I see an achievable goal in front of me.
Each morning, I also look at what I have going on and make a daily goal accordingly. By breaking things down into smaller, more achievable goals, I've managed to keep myself on track this year. I'm hoping I can keep it up.
What is your insecurity this month? How do you find time for your writing?