How do you balance novel-writing and real life, and how difficult of a process can that be? — Dream3r
It can be very difficult to balance writing, a day-job, and loved ones. You have to make a lot of choices and prioritize. You might have to try several things before you figure out what works for you. I’ve found that, for me, it really comes down to time management and focus.
- It’s knowing that I only have one hour to write today and I have a deadline, so I need to write as much as I can even if I don’t feel like it.
- It’s putting down the computer for five minutes, even though I have a deadline, to pay attention to my family or friends when they need me.
- It’s knowing what I’m willing to let go when I’m busy.
- It’s knowing how to say no so you’re not stretched too thin.
It’s so easy as an author to feel like you have to do everything. I’m learning how to focus on the things I like to do instead of doing everything. I make a lot of lists and prioritize. But again, that’s what works for me.
Next week Jennifer Bosworth, author of the YA novel Struck, will take up the Head Counselor whistle and answer your questions! Ask her about first-week jitters, writing YA, and more here!