I've heard this phrase mentioned a few times lately...'protecting the work'.
You'd think it would have something to do with copyright but when I've heard it, I've skimmed past, yet managed to get the gist of it, I hope!
For me, protecting the work is about doing whatever it takes to ensure your writing comes first, your muse is fresh, your creativity flowing.
Now I'm not saying lock the kids away, tell hubby to vamoose and put the writing first (unless you're on deadline!)
What I am saying is be careful not to be swamped by other writing-associated things that your time is eaten away.
We all know what a distraction research on the Internet can be so I'm not going there.
But lately, I had a good chat with an author buddy who'd pulled back from every 'loop' she was on. Timely, considering I was about to do the same thing.
When I was first published, I joined every loop I was invited to join. I participated, I posted, I congratulated. Then along came the kids...and deadlines...and promotion...and my time is now limited. Extremely limited.
So this week, I've taken stock.
I'm on 45 loops. That's right, 45!
I'm in the process of paring that back to 5, unsubscribing to most of them by stealth.
I won't be missed but what I do know is that the few hours it takes me to check emails in the morning while toddler is napping (even skimming those loops where I'm on digest for most) will give me extra writing time.
And that's what counts.
'Protect the work', that's my 'write whisper' for today.