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Scheduling Down Time As A Writer

26 Dec

003Well, have you recovered from Christmas?  Put on a few extra pounds, maybe, and now that exercise machine needs to be dragged out of the garage and put to use?  Yep, I’m there with you.

The thing about holidays is that they take me completely out of my routine, and for me, once my writing routine is disrupted you can just kiss it goodbye until the holiday is over. So it is with me.  I did practically no writing at all on Christmas Eve or Christmas, and now I’m having a hard time kicking it back into gear.  My novel has sat idle for five days now…..it’s time for Bill to get busy.

Still, it was nice to spend quality time with family and friends, something I need to do more of.  I can become so focused on my writing that other things…and people…are excluded, and that is just not a healthy way to live.

So that’s what we’ll talk about today…finding balance in our writing lives.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

I believe that being successful means having a balance of success stories across the many areas of your life. You can’t truly be considered successful in your business life if your home life is in shambles.
Zig Ziglar

I love that quote and it is oh so true.

Listen, I’m big on following a schedule. Writing is, after all, my business, so I treat it like a business and write at specific times each day.  I literally have a schedule set up that tells me at which hour I will do my blog, at which hour I will work on my novel and at which hour I will work for customers.  I follow that schedule religiously because distractions are a writer’s worst enemy regarding productivity….but….

I need to always remember to schedule time for family also, and also time for relaxation or exercise or both.  My mind is more productive when I feel good physically, and my soul needs the warmth that only family and friends can provide.

PROMPT OF THE DAY

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See what you can do with this one. Find some inspiration.

MORE ON TUESDAY

I’m actually writing this on Christmas and that means an abbreviated post today. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, and may we all find the success we seek in 2014.

Bill

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”