Today is another installment of new series Creativity vs. Business. I am talking with author M.J.Compton about how she deals with juggling both and how she finds the balance (quite tricky if you ask me!)
How do you keep your creativity strong while dealing with the business side of writing?
MJC: I try to think about the book whenever and wherever I can. I use small sticky notes while at the day job; I listen to the custom sound track I've created while at the day job and in the car. It's the last thing I think about before I go to sleep and the first thing I think about when I wake up. Those are the times I most often come up with creative solutions to problems with the story.
MVF: I love the sticky note idea, and the fact you think about it all the time—I can relate to this. I’m curious though—how you deal with the social media, marketing, and still keeping the creativity strong. You are a seasoned writer and I think in some ways it’s an instinct now, which I admire.
When time is limited how do you find or carve out time to get things done?
MJC: I get up several hours before Day Job starts. That's been my writing time since my children were in elementary school. Now that they're grown and "gone" (gone being relative), I'm also able to get words written in the evening. I gave up house work years ago.
MVF: Ah, I like that you pushed yourself—and it’s something I have to get back into the habit of. This is a very good reminder! As for house work—I relegate that to when the dust bunnies stage an uprising.
Everyone hits a block in writing or creating; how do you get through or solve it?
MJC: I try to write through rough patches. Most of the time I can write dreck, crap, awful stuff, get it out of my head then find myself where I need to be creatively.
MVF: This is something I am seeing more and more of—keep writing through the rough and you’ll get to the other side.
Thank you for being here today and sharing how you deal with things. You can find out more about her, the books she writes at her website here: M.J.Compton.
Now would you get up early to write? (Me, there are days it is hard!)