As a writer with a different full time job, I struggle to find time to write. I know you’re probably thinking, “don’t we all?” I know any good attempt at becoming a published author requires persistent, disciplined efforts. However, that’s not what I’m talking about here. What I’m getting at is the conflict between my creative writing time and my social media presence, and how the latter may actually be detrimental to the former.
Working full time in my Educational career already requires about 50 hours a week, minimum, of my attention. That doesn’t include the planning, presenting, conference attending, etc. Then, of course, I need to account for about 50 hours a week for sleeping, 10-15 hours for eating, 10-15 for personal hygiene, 10 or so for household chores, 10 for my commute, and 10 for family time. That doesn’t leave much time left for writing. 8-18 hours a week is all I have left to write, on a good week. Now, subtract the amount of time I read and reply to Tweets, update my status, post to various sites, and run triggers for cross-posting. I’m lucky if I can find 30 minutes a day to sit down and write, uninterrupted. And on nights like tonight, I’m writing my blog post while trying to catch up on Game of Thrones on DVR. Not exactly the best way to write a cohesive novel.
So, as I write this post, I ask this question somewhat rhetorically: Is posting killing my novel?