This week’s guest on Productivity Profile is contemporary romance novelist Joy Adare. She also happens to be one of my most inspirational clients. Today Joy reveals her most successful and effective productivity tip and shares some valuable advice for aspiring authors.
Paula: Congratulations! I was so excited to hear that Strictly Passion had made it to Round 2 of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest.
Joy: I wouldn’t have made it without you and the power of organization!
Paula: Our readers are going to want to know, how did you find the time to write your first novel? Do you consider yourself to be an organized person?
Joy: I do NOT consider myself to be an organized person. I come from a long line of disorganized people and many a pack-rat. That said, I have worked hard with organization help to be a physically organized person and made great strides. I am now able to execute a clear vision for my cabinets, closets, etc.
Paula: What are your organizing strengths and challenges?
Joy: My strength is will to change and dedication to trying to find systems that will help me. Once, I find them, I stick with them. A challenge is time management.
Paula: When is your most productive time to write? Do you prefer writing in the morning or the evening?
Joy: My best time to write is the morning.
Paula: Writing can be an isolating experience. Do you have accountability buddies who inspire you, keep you on track, and provide support?
Joy: Yes! I have two critique partners whom I love to work with. We send each other work to review and travel to meet up for plotting retreats.
Paula: Many people feel they have a book inside them, but regret that they don’t have time to put pen to paper, or should I say fingertips to keyboard. Please can you share your most effective productivity writing tip.
Joy: My best tip is to do a small amount each day to start. Commit to 10, 20, or even 30 minutes a day and see what you can accomplish. I wrote my first book in 30 minutes a day using a cool method from Jerry Seinfeld called — Don’t Break the Chain. You can read more about it on my website. Sometimes I spent those 30 minutes plotting, sometimes researching, and sometimes just editing the pages I worked on before, but I spent 30 minutes on my book somehow each day and kept my head in the work.
Paula: What is the best advice you can give aspiring authors?
Joy: Write every day. No excuses. Even when you are sick, just do some internet research or edit stuff you wrote a few weeks before. One day you will lift your head and find you have accomplished something.
Paula: Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to chat with me. I am looking forward to celebrating more of your successes.
Joy: Thank you for helping me with my greatest challenge — time management. I know we will figure out how to carve more time for my writing into my schedule and that I will have another book finished because of it.
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