Write With a Process

Process is a no-no word in our house. I absolutely and utterly cannot stand it. I’m developing a slight headache just by writing about it, so this post clearly requires great sacrifice on my part. For me, process is about doing things the way we’ve always done them. Just because it’s the way we’ve always done them. Filling in forms in triplicate. Repeating information you’ve already given and colour-coding charts in green, yellow and red. So you can see why this IT Project Management path I seem to be staring down makes me want to rip my own arm off just so I can beat someone with it.

dilbert project management

My shoulders just seized up.

But when it comes to anything else in my life it’s different. I need the notebooks, the deadlines, the step by step plan for what I am going to do. I’d love a big whiteboard with magnets, quotes and deadlines.

Before I moved to Copenhagen, I agreed to help out a friend who was getting her coaching certificate. They needed guinea pigs and I agreed to be said person for one of the other people on her course. Turned out we were distantly related by marriage but we’d never met. I know Denmark is a small country but come on!

Anyway, we would arrange a call every week and every week I had to commit to the next step of my plan. Arrange finances. Find a school for my son. List everything I wanted and did not want to work with. I desperately wanted to move, but sometimes I honestly think if I hadn’t had her I would still be stuck in Jutland.

Not only did she make me commit, she also asked me two very important questions.

  1. What will happen if you make the move?
  2. What will happen if you don’t?

Last night another wonderful person bought my book. I noticed it just before I went to bed and it was a great end to what had so far been a really terrible day. Thank you, whoever you are. Here’s a chocolate, marshmallow and raspberry muffin and a banana and mango smoothie for you. ❤

chocolate muffin banana smoothie

I’ve been blogging every day since January. I’ve tried not to make it about book promotion although sometimes I do just want to rush out and beg people to buy my book. Two nights ago I wrote about social media and how the thought of all those options and everything I’d have to do seem quite overwhelming at times. Which reminds me, I meant to do laundry tonight. Oh well. But I have managed to establish a … you know, that P-word thing … for blogging and engaging with other people’s blogs.

So I need a social media plan. A … oh I can’t even say it … process.

I’ve decided on Twitter because quite a lot of other writers seem to think it can yield many good things. So that is what I am committing myself to.

Step One: Get the account set up.

Step Two: Figure out what I want to tweet about, what hashtags etc to use and not just go charging in.

Deadline: End of this week.

Then I can start looking at how and how often.

Because if I make the move, I will hopefully see more of those wonderful yellow lines reaching for the sky on my Amazon stats page.

If I don’t, I’m wasting an opportunity.

If I’m serious about being an author entrepreneur, then I’d better get going. You see, I’m very good at dreaming. But not always as good at acting.

Now where’s my drill? I have a whiteboard to put up.

Author: Eva O'Reilly

Writer, avid reader, large dog lover, cake baker and Francophile. Living in hope of finding either a literary agent or a large audience on Amazon.

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