I have been thinking a lot about balance lately because some days I feel like a juggler. When I worked full time at a stressful job, my writing fell behind, and except for Business Writing, almost faded away. When I left work, I could devote myself full time to my love of writing fiction. That seemed to work: I won first prize in a national short story contest for a romantic ghost story, had a vampire story accepted for an anthology, and now have one fantasy novel, The Dark Lady, published by BURST Books, and two novellas picked up for future dates.
I frequently comment now, “I don’t know how I ever found time to work.”
We have a backyard that can occupy a lot of my time, yet I never find a minute to pull up a chair and sit in the sun. We have a sailboat, involving a fair amount of preparation to get ready in the spring, and put away in the fall, yet instead of relaxing in the cockpit with a book, or pounding on the keyboard, I seem to have a need to be doing always “something” rather than “nothing.” Some sins are self-inflicted?
There are many other reasons I find to become busy, from chores around the house, washing cars, family affairs like birthdays and BBQs, grandchildren’s basketball games, and local volunteer work.
Then there is my writing. I used to comment that I could write a complete novel while waiting for the next rejection letter. Now I realize something that I have suspected, getting published is just one of the many steps in this writing career. I have much to learn about “social media” and promoting, and the business side of e-writing. Recently it is my writing which seems to be suffering. Where I used to dash off a couple of chapters before lunch, now I worry for hours over a paragraph; not good when I’m trying to create a sequel for Dark Lady. The bottom line on this brain dump, is that writers have to find a balance, make time so that we can share ourselves with the others we are close to, while still leaving time for what we love to do, the actual physical act of writing. I write because I want to find out what happens next. Why do you write?
You can find RJ at www.ronaldhore.com