I have stayed flexible in my writing. Even up to now thinking I could do NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month, with my memoir. But as time passes and I see how much there is to marketing I realize I need to narrow my niche with this blog and with my time. I wonder if this will become mainly a marketing blog. A blog that chronicles where I go and what I do in marketing. I wonder if I will continue to keep my readers as I do this. Most of you aren’t into marketing. However the responses I got when I asked about your ideas on marketing were magnificent. You were both generous and imaginative.
But I wonder, can I entertain and educate you as I continue on my path with my book, “Annie’s Special Day?” Will you stay interested in my writing about the completion and the marketing of it?
And also I’ve been needing to set priorities with my time. There is a picture book thing called November is Picture Book Idea Month. This is the NaNoWriMo equivalent for children’s authors. I ask myself do I want to work on my memoir or do I want to focus on picture books.
As I get this one picture book published and start work on another I realize I just don’t have the time to spend on my memoir. I can’t do PiBoIdMo and NaNoWriMo, both. There just aren’t hours in the day. I had already toned down my own NaNoWriMo goals by telling myself I would only type up one or two stories from my journal each day. Not have totally original material. I haven’t even read the books I had promised myself in preparation. I was going to outline my memoir and also read Larry Brooks’ book, “Story Engineering.” And I haven’t done that.
As I spend my days looking at illustrations and talking to my illustrator, Claudia Wolf, I realize I don’t want to learn all this stuff for only one book. I don’t want to learn all about templates and illustrations for nothing. I want it to pay out and to do that I need to focus.
I’ve got a picture book critique group now. Don’t I want to work on my new PB so I can submit it to the group? Do I only want to give to my group and not take anything away? Did I join for nothing? And then I also realize I feel really happy when I’m working on picture books. I love writing and reading them.
I have a friend, Bobbi Carducci, who is the schizophrenic writer at http://www.Schizophrenicwriter.wordpress.com/. She is also the leader of my writing group, Round Hill Writers’ Group. She says that she is all over the place and that’s why she calls herself the schizophrenic writer. I’ve thought all this time I could be like that, too. Now I realize I can’t. I have to focus. I have to choose between memoir and picture book. I can’t write and spend time in both genres right now.
My blog material has dealt with my progress in writing up to now. How I’ve spent my time is what I’ve blogged about. That is one reason I haven’t found a niche for articles in my posts. From the start I heard this was bad but I thought I could write about anything and spend time on all of it. But I go to bed frustrated and wake up anxious. I need to set goals. And not just marketing goals. As the time comes to market I will have less time to write so I need to think carefully. What do I want to spend my free time on? What if I choose not to spend time on memoir and only spend time on PBs? That will be much more manageable.
And for my blog I’ll finally have a niche, a picture book and marketing niche. I’ll have two things to write about. I’ll write about my journey as I market my picture book and write another. It’ll still be life as I construct it now. It’ll still be life under construction. And I know it’s against the rules but I’d like to let you in on other happenings in my life. I’d like to give you a post about my trip on a steam engine run train for instance. I wonder if you’d like that.
Have you solved a dilemma like this? Finding and sticking to a subject in your blogging and finding time for what you write about? Some of you write in several genres, what have you done to manage your time?
You may also like the following: https://clarbojahn.wordpress.com/2011/08/16/write-in-one-genre-or-two/