Lets Give This Another Go




Well, so it’s been a while. Trying to keep up with life, writing, tweeting and blogging is a lot more demanding than I thought possible. When I started this blog it was to have an outlet where I could document my process as a writer. It worked well in the beginning, I had tried to maintain a steady blogging schedule, then summer came and the kids required my undivided attention—because god forbid I should finish one cup of coffee, let alone try to write or blog. So life got in the way, my writing suffered so did my blogging.

The most important part about being a writer is learning to manage your time, learning to work around the things that are impossible to ignore, like your family. I got a job, as a stay at home mom the one thing I craved was a bit of financial independence, I loved it. The job turned out to be something temporary, but it was nice to get away for a few hours a day and interact with adults. So much so that I nearly forgot that my goal was to write a novel. I’m not one of those people who can do too much at one time—I am the worst juggler on earth. Give me one thing and I will deliver no problem. Give me five and we are in serious trouble.

So my goal is to start over, to blog a little more, finish writing my novel Borrowed Sanctuary, and hope that at some point in the next few months I gain back the independence I got a taste of a few months ago. 

Tell me, how do you juggle it all? How do you prioritize?
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3 thoughts on “Lets Give This Another Go

  1. Hah, what a question. Well, I don't really know, but I a big part for me is to accept that I'm in it for the long haul. I think in other pursuits, there are certain shortcuts you can take, not to skip the learning curve completely but just do jump ahead a bit. I'm not trying to put them down, or glorify writing, that has just been my experience. In writing, there's not much in the way of shortcuts. No, it's going to take a very long time to write your book, to edit your book, and even then, that may not be the book that sells. I have to keep telling myself that, and I think, once I accept it (again and again, anyway) then I am more content to spend an hour or two on my book, knowing I've got miles to go.

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  2. Nice to see you again.

    Family always comes first but sometimes you do need to take care of yourself so you can be your best to take care of them.

    If that means you need to write and blog or take a nap or get your nails done than so be it.

    I don't juggle it all. Stuff gets done and some stuff doesn't.

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  3. I've only lately started to realize that there's only so many hours in the day but that it's possible to carve your time up in meaningful ways. I don't have kids (yet) but the hubs is super supportive when he's not scowling at me from the other end of the sofa while I tap-tap-tap away at the keyboard. I feel guilty when I can't spend as much time with him as before. So I say I'm going to put in two hours writing a day after the 9-to-5 and then do family time. Amber's right, too (isn't she always?): there aren't really any shortcuts unless you're coming from something that translates well, like you were a screen writer or an editor who turned to writing. I'm kind of late to the writing game, and I sometimes worry if I don't get the success I crave soon I'll be tempted to pack it in. That's partly why I'm reluctant to submit my ms even though I know it's ready or as ready as I can make it with my current skill level. It might not make the grade but the next one will or the next one after that.

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