I really enjoy chatting with creative people about their struggles with creativity vs. business and today MissyTippens, a wonderful Inspirational Author is here to talk about how she handles it all.
How do you keep your creativity strong while dealing with the business side of writing?
MT: I have a hard time with this! Ideally, I make my word count goal for the day before I get online. But I rarely succeed. More often, I spend an hour checking email and blogs, doing any business or promotion, then settle in to write. Once I start writing, I try to stay offline until I need a break.
MVF: This is what I fight with—checking the email, the social media. I swear it is a pit one can fall into. I like how you set a word count, that’s excellent.
When time is limited how do you find or carve out time to get things done?
MT: Deadlines are great motivators for me. The best thing that ever happened to me to increase productivity was signing my name on a contract. I turn off the TV, resist the temptation to shop, feed my family frozen pizza, even skip sleeping. I do whatever I need to do to make sure I meet that deadline!
MVF: This is important; to meet a deadline. I have to admit the no-sleeping part---that kills me. But I’m all for the frozen pizza… *grin*
Everyone hits a block in writing or creating; how do you get through or solve it?
MT: I force myself to plow through it, even if I loathe every word I write. I’ve found that eventually, the words will come easier, and I’ll start enjoying the writing again. I also remind myself that I can go back and fix it, can make those words better.
MVF: This is a truly important aspect—to keep pushing through no matter what. It’s like walking through molasses sometimes. Thank you!
It was fun to have you here today! You can find out more about this lovely author and her books here: MissyTippens.