Greetings My Lovelies!
Sorry I missed posting yesterday. Normally, I write my posts for the week on Saturday or Sunday and then schedule them, but I forgot. Things have been a little crazy with moving and trying to get my classroom ready before my students show, but hey, what a great topic to talk about today.
Now, I’m pretty sure that you’ve heard the advise to write every day. While I like the idea behind it, I still disagree. That’s just not plausible. Our lives, especially if we have day jobs, significant others, children, a social life, are not always going to allow us to get behind a computer to push out a decent word count. What you should, to me, take away from this bit of wisdom is that you should carve out writing times. Whether it’s a particular day or a hour, carve out some time that’s dedicated to your writing life.
For me that means that most of my writing happens on the weekends, either morning or evening depending on what’s happening. I do leave some time from 7-9 at night to get some writing done during the weekdays. I also carve out time to work on my author’s platform and building relationships with other writers and people in the writing industry.
You just need to find time that works for you. I needs to be easy to accomplish and something that you can do consistently. And that right there is key: consistency. The more you do something, the more it will turn into a habit so that it feels like a chore. Once writing during your scheduled time becomes habit, it becomes a little easier to balance your writing life with the rest of your life.
But what happens if the muses bless me and writing takes over?
Hey roll with it, if that’s what you want. Just remember to take a break from your writing for a couple of days. Get out of the house. Take a shower. Let your loved ones know you’re alive. writing is an organic process. It’s different every time you sit down in front of that computer, typewriter, or paper. Just try to not let it consume your life and try to not go three days without doing something writing related.
What do you mean writing related?
Anything that will help you on your path to becoming a kick ass writer. Take a writing class. Read an article about the publishing industry or tips to improve writing. Dig around pinterest for images that go with whatever story you’re writing. Hell, read a book from an author that inspires you. Just don’t let writing get placed on the back burner. Put it more on your second favorite burner (you know you have a favorite).
Also, if you don’t make it during the time you schedule, don’t fret. Just get it done another time. Like me and this late post.
Do you guys have any helpful suggestions about how you keep your writing life and regular life balanced?
What are some of the problems you’re having right now?
I’d love to hear them, just comment below.
As always, for more content, follow me on Twitter and Instagram. You can find the links on the About Me page.
What to help me keep posting writing help, book reviews, and kick ass stories, head over to my Patreon page link on the About Me page.