I’m often asked how I publish as often as I do. It’s hard for me to understand the question. How can I not publish as often as I do? My rhythm would be out of sorts if I were to publish less often. I then wonder what the motive behind the question is. Is the person merely curious or does he or she want some sort of magic pill?
I’m afraid no magic pill exists. I do the work, then I do some more work. I work weeks in advance. The post being read today could have been written a week to three weeks ago. I don’t stop writing once I have a queue of posts at the ready. I keep writing. I keep working.
I also am very conscious of my time and how I spend it. I would say I’m busy, but the word seems to have become a dirty one lately. I feel guilty using it, yet the truth is that I am busy. Yes, that busyness is of my own doing, but it’s a necessary busyness. Without it, I would have no social life. I wouldn’t be stretching my writing abilities. I wouldn’t be attempting to grow my business. I wouldn’t be trying to stay healthy and active.
That busyness means I work off a schedule. I have my list of priorities and my calendar. I rank those priorities. I work on the ones that need immediate attention and allow myself a break before addressing the lower priorities. I have learned that I don’t work well if all I do is work. I become resentful of the work. I become weary.
I also cut activities when I must. It’s a hard thing to do when I’m a perfectionist. Quitting always feels like failure even when it’s not. Sometimes, quitting is necessary. Quitting one thing gives a person the ability to do something else.
The main reason I publish as frequently as I do, though, is that writing is a part of who I am. It’s become an ever more integral part of my being as I write more often. I know I could write more and publish less, but I don’t see the point in that. If I’m going to spend time crafting something, I need to and am going to publish it.
If you publish frequently, how do you do it?
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