As many of you know, eight of my novels are being turned into audiobooks. It is a wonderful process and enables you to work with some fantastically talented people. It is a real joy to hear a professional producer interpret your story and characters into an audible reality. I love it. The thing that is the struggle for me is the amount of time spent listening to the books to finalise approval. Not only do I work full time, I write books, audio edit and attempt to maintain a life. It is an incredibly varied life; yet, it is about spinning numerous plates simultaneously. There are only so many hours in the week and a certain potential productivity.
With the above in mind, I have been asked how I do it all. The answer is quite simple: - I got rid of my television. I realised that I was spending at least two hours per night watching television in a state of mindless numbness. Two hours over seven days resulted in wasting 14 hours a week that I could dedicate to achieving my dreams. If you multiply that by 56 weeks in a year then you have 784 hours which is 32 and a half days. Thought of spending one month per year in front of a television horrified me. It was that realisation that made me take back my time.
Without a television as distraction, I immersed myself in writing and creating. The two hours a day of television became two hours of writing. In two hours I can write 5000 words. They might not be good words but they enable a book draft every couple of months. The time in edit enables the word-sithing and literary crafting. So I write a book, leave it to brew, edit a book and then write another. I have quite a back-log at the moment. There are times when I wonder why I spend hours of my time immersed in literary dreams and the answer is simple - I am driven to do it. It is a compulsion and part of me. When I don't do it, well I miss it. What's more, fragments of stories circle my mind like asteroids. The writing lands those asteroids and when I am being particularly creative there is a meteor shower.
I realised a few years ago that I will write my whole life whether or not it sold. It was something I was just going to do because it was my passion. As soon as that decision came to conscious, it was then the books began to sell because I was not doing it for money. With all of the above in mind, time is precious and if you can create a structure and not be distracted by the noisy television screen in the corner, then you have taken the first step to working towards your dreams.
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