As authors, we face particular challenges. Here is a partial list, which is particular to my own needs. Perhaps, it will be of benefit to you in discovering what to continue or improve.
- Tools of the trade - Though some authors still write manuscripts in longhand, I would be lost without a computer. My desktop computer is about five years old, with a Windows XP operating system. XP will no longer be supported by Microsoft in April, 2014, which means no more updates. That will leave XPs more vulnerable to viruses. Other strikes are: XPs were not designed for multi-tasking, and my present computer cannot be expanded past its 4G of RAM. To be prepared, I broke down and ordered a Windows 8 computer with 12G of RAM.
- No Excuses - After the new computer is set up, which hopefully will happen within at least two weeks of its arrival, I will have no excuse to dilly dally. No more endless playing around on social sites, with the excuse that I'm bonding with readers and paving the way for book sales. In some aspects that reasoning holds up, but overdoing interaction will mean I won't have any new products to offer, and book sales won't happen. I've got four books begun at various phases of my writing career, and they need to be finished. I'm already editing one of them, and plan to carry through to The End.
- Remember to Stretch and Exercise - When I'm writing or promoting, I often get so involved I lean forward when I don't need to. I also forget to get up at regular intervals. When I do rise, my legs are stiff. If I keep forgetting, I'll set a timer to remind me to move around and stretch more often. I will also continue going to Fitness Class twice a week, despite the fact it takes chunks of time to get ready, get there, get back and get cleaned up afterward. Keeping my body fit will benefit my mind.
- Do Unto Others - I will not only pay attention to my needs, but also those of other authors. I will help them when they ask and even when they don't, whether it be by solving a writing or promotional puzzle, or simply sharing a blog post, comment on Facebook, or tweet on Twitter. I will continue to write reviews on books I've enjoyed reading, and steer away from publicly criticizing what another author has written.
Wow, I have a feeling my list will keep me busy this year. Do you have any additions or comments?
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