When I first became the punching bag in middle school (circa the 1990’s), I had more time to sit around reading and writing. Of course this was back in a time when the internet was just starting, so I didn’t have all the resources like blogs and social networking sites. Now that I have all these great tools to use as a writer to fight back and write back with…I suddenly have so many other things going on!
In my early punching bag years I would come home after school, do some homework, and then have time to sit and read or go roleplay in AOL chat rooms (yes I was one of those girls). People weren’t calling me to hang out and I didn’t have a family to take care of. Let’s roll to the present. I currently work full-time, married, having my first child, and all of that while still trying to finish a novel to query and keep up with my blog and social networking schedule.
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE blogging, reading, and writing so I do it as often as I can and this actually worked out for a pretty long time in which I had lots of free time to do these things. Then the last few months of my pregnancy happened… Now I find myself going to some kind of pregnancy class once a week, pre-natal yoga so that I can sleep, getting my house ready for a new child, and it seems like I’m traveling every weekend! The punching bag is really starting to miss the days in which everyone ignored her and she could just sit by herself and read VC Andrews novels…
But *sigh* this is a reality for SO many writers, no matter what stage they are at in their career. Veteran writers have to worry about meeting deadline while attending conferences and keeping up with their family life and us newbie writers have to balance our writing career with our current careers as a worker or busy stay-at-home mom’s. It’s a never ending process and one that we all have to learn to balance.
I did get half way through my final revision of HOW TO DATE AN ALIEN (thanks to a few snow days), but I don’t even know if I’ll get to devote the time to it again until March. My goal is to have it done by the end of March and start querying shortly after (hopefully I can start before my daughter is born, but sometimes things happen). Now it’s just taking the time to figure out how to balance the last of my revisions/querying with being a new mom.
How do you balance writing and life? Do you have any big secret or schedule? Do you miss those days when you had time to write and didn’t utilize it?