Many of us have to juggle family commitments while writing. Finding the ‘perfect’ balance between the two is always a challenge. You may be in the depths of a scene when a small hand lands on your lap and pleading eyes look up at you. Can you delay the toddler’s wants for your own? Do you crumble and leave the narrative in the hope you will remember the details later?
No matter what age your children are or how involved your partner, there is always a demand for your attention. There will be times when you just want to immerse yourself in your creativity, undisturbed. These three blog posts cover some of the emotions and stresses felt. As well as tips on how to organize your time productively.
Grueling – definition : strenuous; exhausting; very tiring; arduously severe
With only three more posts until the end of my year long ‘post a blog a day’, I have mixed feelings. The regime has become second nature, although at times I did struggle. Now I am wondering how to utilize the ‘free’ time not posting every day will give me.
My first task is to decide on the frequency of my posts for 2014 and then what subjects, themes or topics I will cover on those particular days.
Obviously, I have some ideas bouncing around inside my head but still need to finalize them.
If you have enjoyed a particular post or posts, I would welcome your comments and suggestions (within reason – I will not be posting every day in 2014!) What, I hear you cry (or maybe not!) I have several projects, I want to bring to fruition in 2014 and blogging every day would seriously interfere with those plans.
To give you an idea what those projects are:
To publish two novels as e-books that have been languishing in my laptop files. Life in Slake Patch & The Twesome Loop.
To publish in e-book form and on a print on demand site, my children’s chapter book, Ockleberries to the Rescue.
To edit, revise and refine my NaNoWriMo novel, Willow Tree Tears.
My biggest project is to boost my freelance business – any offers are more than welcome!
These projects are in addition to my role as secretary of the Writers Foundation of Strathcona County and the planning of our annual conference in March. As well as creating a prompt on the website every Saturday and attending sharing meetings, board meetings, workshops and book events. All of this has to be squeezed into the time I am not working the day job.
Please consider attending our conference if you are within driving distance of Sherwood park, Alberta, Canada or fly in and stay at one of the many hotels in the area. We would love to meet you.