Linda Maye Adams

Rule F: writing has to come First

Linda’s Rules of Writing

Four Asian children play tug of war.

Sometimes social media feels like a tug of war with other priorities.  But I made my priorities by writing 75% of these posts over several months.

We’re onto the letter F in Linda’s Rules of Writing of the A to Z Challenge, and on making sure writing gets done First.

There are so many things now that are in a tug of war for our attention: Twitter, Facebook, Blogs, Pintrest, you name it.  Writers have been told they need to build their audience, even before they’ve finished the first book.

I took the We Are Not Alone blog course with Kristen Lamb.  One of the striking things was that all these writers got online and started blogging three times a week.  I immediately stopped the recommendation to find link lists and videos because, frankly, it took too much time, and I wanted to hold onto my writing time.  It’s hard enough working around the job.

About 6 months later, I started seeing my fellow WANAs posting that they had to take time off blogging so they could get back to writing.

Writing the book has to come first.  Without the book, all the social media in the world isn’t going to matter.

How have you taken back your time from social media?

Writerly Adventuring

I wrote on this same topic for Vision: A Resource for Writers.  Check out my article Balancing Writing and Blogging in issue 69.


  1. Totally agree, but only once the A-Z Challenge is over.
    Great advice. 🙂
    Just Ermie &
    Short Story Ideas


  2. Planning to participate in the A to Z blogging challenge is what encouraged me to write a lot more this year. But once the challenge ends I need to get back to my other writing.

    Denise at Organization and Inspiration for Fellow Writers, participant of A to Z Blogging Challenge


  3. @ Kirsten @ Denise — that’s one of the reasons I wrote nearly 3/4s of my posts long before I got here. Then I could plan around my writing time.


  4. Funny to read this post as part of the A2Z challenge. 😀 April is a month where I take the biggest break from writing to devote to blogging. Outside of April, I post twice a week. One very short snippet on Sunday and a “real” post mid-week.

    But I write humor in my books too, so often I write the same topic for both – or save blog posts for future books.


    • It can be very challenging with the demands of social media, though — not just blogging, but Facebook, Twitter, etc. At one of the cons I was at, some of the writers were saying that the publishers were telling them “Get on every platform!” Exactly when did the publisher expect the writer to actually write a book?


  5. Jer

    What Kirsten and Denise said.

    It’ just like you said, we aspiring writers are urged to do so many things to get exposure that one wonders where to fit in the actual writing!

    I’ve looked through your A to Z posts so far and I’ll definitely be coming back for the rest.


    • No kidding — there’s a point where you have to say “When’s there time to write?”


  6. You make some very valid points! Thank you.


    • Thanks for stopping by, Linda!


  7. Very true, very good point! I am a certified graphomaciac, so my solution to this was posting parts of my book on a private blog so I could get feedback from friends…


  8. Such a good (but *gulp* guilty of this!) reminder.


    • It is hard making it a priority, and even sometimes knowing when it should take a step down for something else.


  9. Wonderful advice! True, usually, we entangle ourselves in so many things that the real writing does not happen!


    • So true! Thanks for stopping by, Shilpa!



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