Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can’t remember who we are or why we’re here. ~ Sue Monk Kidd

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In the last week, I’ve had a revelation, thanks to a little help from a dear friend. I realised I’m spending way too much time on social media, at the expense of my writing.

I started out with the internet and social media about five years ago. At first, I had it all in balance, but somewhere along the line, the balance started to shift.

My friend pointed out that while I’ve been able to keep my blog and newsletter and Facebook and YouTube updated regularly  -‘You’re everywhere’ – I failed to finish and produce my second book, ‘The Sasori Empire,’ as I’d promised readers, last year.

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Self-defence is the knee-jerk. I explained I’ve long adhered to Kristen Lamb’s excellent social media advice for writers. I was under the impression keeping up with the social media gambit was a necessity for all artists these days.

Yet, when I really looked hard at myself and my output, I knew my friend was right. I’ve maintained social media religiously, and let the writing of my sequel to *’The Or’in of Tane Mahuta’ slide. *http://amzn.com/B015K1KF0I

I really do appreciate my subscribers!

While I feel an obligation to continue to provide output, I also have had to admit that if I continue at this rate, I’m not going to produce ‘The Sasori Empire’ this year, either. There simply aren’t enough hours in the day. I spend a day at a time writing and producing my blog posts. I spend at least three days, even longer sometimes, writing and collating my fortnightly newsletter.

My friend said, ‘You do all of your social media well. Now imagine if you put more of that time into this book instead of rushing through it.’

Yes. Imagine!

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Between raising my two youngest boys, and being on the committee of two different groups, something’s gotta give. Therefore, I’ve decided to take at least a month’s hiatus from social media (although I may pop onto Facie in the mornings while I have my first cup of tea).

My ultimate dream would be to publish ‘The Sasori Empire’ this winter and make a start on the third book in The Chronicles of Aden Weaver series in time for spring in the southern hemisphere. But, to do that will require a lot of work.

Therefore, I’ll be taking a writer’s hiatus for a month, or so.

After I have put nose-to-the-grindstone, I shall return! Hopefully, with the second book well in hand. Sometimes you’ve got to make the hard calls, and this is one of those times.

Thanks, for your patience!

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Talk to you later.

Meantime, keep on Creating!

Yvette K. Carol

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A young writer is an explorer. She knows she wants to get somewhere, but she doesn’t even know if the somewhere even exists yet. It is there to be created. In the process of creating it we find out how varied and complex we are. ~ Colum McCann

 

 

 

 

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  1. I know what you mean. I’m on social media for far too much time in the day. My writing and revising gets shoved to the last thing on the daily to-do list instead of first. I was thinking of giving up on the blog myself and sticking with Instagram (with FB for keeping in touch with friends, and Twitter for the occasional news/outrage). 🙂 Good luck with the writing!

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    • yvettecarol says:

      Hi, Tee, sorry it’s taken me so long. I did intend to respond to comments here, however my laptop has been making things difficult!
      I cannot even tell you how freeing this experience has been so far. It’s been an absolute joy to go back purely to the writing and editing. Wow. I’m getting so much done!
      I don’t blame you of thinking about quitting altogether. I am thinking along the lines of either reducing the frequency of posts (some of my professional writer friends, like PJ Reece and James Preller, only blog on occasion between book projects), or taking a regular writer’s hiatus. Either way, something’s gotta give! I don’t want to be a one-book wonder. 🙂

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  2. That is alot of time away from writing your book and any writing also takes energy out of you.why not bring out your newsletter less often instead of going on a break then coming back and the same happening. Ibthink blogs should be written insand time not big stone time. There is lots of sand . I feel like I’ve saved a lot of time recently fromnot going onFB so much. Good luck juggling it all.

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    • yvettecarol says:

      Hi, Catherine, yes, ‘juggling’ is a good word for it. I have saved a heap of time each day, so far, just by not visiting FB at all some days, and by not worrying about posting there as often. Who knew? What a time waster.
      In the short time I’ve been away from social media, I’ve finished the round of editing the book, sent it to Maria, she’s sent it back, I’ve rewritten the ending, deleted a bunch of chapters, and now I start on her edits. It’s amazing how much writing I can get done, I tell you!
      I was just saying to Tee (above) that I’m trying to decide between two options, blogging & putting out the newsletter less often, or taking a writer’s hiatus more often. I am leaning towards the former, though, and your comment has kindly echoed my thoughts.
      Thanks, pal 🙂

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    • yvettecarol says:

      p.s. love the ‘sand time’ and ‘stone time’ 🙂

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  3. I just finished a month off from blogging and got so much done with my own books. I think you’ll find it to be very rejuvenating.

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    • yvettecarol says:

      Hi, Clare. Wow, good on you.
      Lots of my writer friends have taken breaks from social media, but I never thought of doing it myself. I’m not sure why.
      It really did take a friend’s honest word in my ear to make me see what I was doing and what needed to change. Where would we be without our friends, huh?
      I have already exceeded my expectations for Feb, and we’re only two days in. How’s that? 😀

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  4. I understand exactly what you’re going through, Yvette. Stretching ourselves thin seems to be an online epidemic. I’m only blogging once a month and I’m still on social media too much. You’re right, something has to give.

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    • yvettecarol says:

      That’s it exactly, Joylene. With time short, and our lives getting busier, we have to make tough choices and sometimes get real with ourselves about how we are spending our time. Easier said than done.
      I just did a whiz around other people’s blogs. I tried twice to write a message on your blog but it won’t let me. It just comes up with a blank box instead of giving me options on how to post. I tried, babe! I was just trying to say that I get really inspired by great writing too. I just can’t wait to get back to it and see if I can create wonder and magic, as well!
      xx

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  5. emaginette says:

    Social media falls below family and writing on my list. Kids grow up. Working the craft can get rusty. And the world isn’t going any where. hehehe

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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    • yvettecarol says:

      Exactamundo, Anna! Only you’ve known it all along and it’s taken me this long to figure it out. I can be a bit slow on the uptake sometimes!
      It’s been five or more years since I’ve focused solely on writing fiction like this, and it’s the best feeling in the world. It’s revolutionized me. I’m working hard, writing every day, and I’m getting it done. I feel like I’ve stuck my toe in the fountain of youth! ha ha 🙂

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  6. Bun Karyudo says:

    I understand exactly how you feel, Yvette. I started on social media because I felt I had to, but I almost never have time to make much more than an occasion token appearance on it. I think many other people must be in the same boat. There just isn’t the time. 😦

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    • yvettecarol says:

      Bun, I’m simply in awe of how you stay on top of your blog. I think you’re handling sm really well! You have gazillions of people answer your blog each week, and yet, you find the time to answer each and every one. You also make time to go and visit people who have commented on yours. I really admire that spirit of reciprocity. I don’t know if I’d be able to keep it up if I was half as popular. So, give yourself credit, you’re doing well. 🙂

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  7. […] the end of January, after blogging non-stop for a few years, I took a writer’s hiatus. It really worked for me. I took a break from my blog, Newsletter, and every form of social media […]

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