Monday, December 15, 2014

Alex J. Cavanaugh, IWSG and Juggling Writing Responsibilities

by Alex J. Cavanaugh
(Updated November 2, 2015)

I don’t know about you, but I have a lot to juggle in life.

I’m a very active blogger. I’m on Twitter and Goodreads. I maintain the Insecure Writer’s Support Group website. I’m a co-host for the A to Z Challenge. I write books. And I have a life outside of the internet that involves family, work, church, and music. Despite the rumors that I employ clones, I manage to keep it all flowing.

Want to know how? All it takes is a little planning…

First, we have to know our limits. We only have so many hours in the day for work, family, friends, writing, social media, life… You get the idea. It’s a lot! And for each of us, it’s different. We have to know our limits and how much time we can devote to each item on our list.

Once we have a handle on that, we can set our goals. What do we hope to accomplish each day? What do we NEED to accomplish? And the goals need to be realistic. We want to stretch, not break.

Now we can prioritize. Make a list. What’s most important? How much time can we devote to each item? We can’t forget the personal stuff, either. (At some point, our families really do need us.)

Next step–organize! Map out the day. What will we do when? What’s our time limit? Make a schedule. If we know a certain two hour block is for writing only, we’re more likely to get it done.

The last part is maintaining connections. Really! I believe in balance. Even when we’re in writing mode, we still need our connections. We can’t lose contact with our family, friends, and social media. Relationships need to be cultivated to survive, both online and in the real world.

Can it be done? You bet! If I can manage it all, so can you.

One of the things I juggle is the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. It began when I casually told another author he needed such a group. The idea took hold, and in September of 2011, we did our first blog post for the IWSG. From that point, it has grown to almost three hundred members who post every month, a website that’s a database of writing information and resources, and two Facebook groups with almost 2000 members.

That in turn led to our latest venture–The Insecure Writer’s Support Group Guide to Publishing and Beyond. We invited members to contribute their expertise in the areas of writing, publishing, and marketing. The book is packed with information and spotlights some amazing writers–and it is completely free!

Enjoy the book, check out the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, and may you be a better juggler!

Alex J. Cavanaugh

Alex J. Cavanaugh has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and works in web design and graphics. He is experienced in technical editing and worked with an adult literacy program for several years. A fan of all things science fiction, his interests range from books and movies to music and games. Online he is the Ninja Captain and founder of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. He’s the author of Amazon Best-Sellers CassaStar, CassaFire, and CassaStorm, along with many more books. The author lives in the Carolinas with his wife.

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group Guide to Publishing and Beyond - ISBN 9781939844088, 235 pages, Free!

Tapping into the expertise of over a hundred talented authors from around the globe, The IWSG Guide to Publishing and Beyond contains something for every writer. Whether you are starting out and need tips on the craft of writing, looking for encouragement as an already established author, taking the plunge into self-publishing, or seeking innovative ways to market and promote your work, this guide is a useful tool. Compiled into three key areas of writing, publishing, and marketing, this valuable resource offers inspirational articles, helpful anecdotes, and excellent advice on dos and don'ts that we all wish we knew when we first started out on this writing journey.

Available at these fine bookstores: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords and Goodreads

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Thanks again for sharing this important information with us today, Alex. I read the book, and it's really good. Here's wishing you lots of success in all your ventures. And may we all be successful jugglers with our lives, writing tasks and this month, the holidays. Here's wishing you all a stress free and very wonderful season of joy!

M. J.

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