HOW DO YOU COPE WHEN REAL LIFE BOGS YOU DOWN AND YOUR WRITING MUST TAKE A BACK SEAT?
Hello and thanks for joining me today on Tues Tidbits with BJ Scott
For those of us who write, it is a passion we find hard to sate. The more we write, the more involved we become with our characters, the more inspired we are to finish the book and move on to the next. If you are anything like me, your head is filled with ideas, your computer files bulging with partial manuscripts and book outlines just waiting to be finished.
Being a published author is so exciting...a dream come true, and there are days all I want to do is write. It all sounds so simple, but it isn't always that easy. In addition to writing deadlines, edits, promoting your books, critiques for fellow authors and working on our own WIP, 'Real Life' can also get in the way of your progress.
While I love to write and hope to someday make that my career, I still have to work at a regular job. That is if I don't want to find my husband, four dogs and I living in our 1980s camper van lol. In fact to make ends meet in this age of ever increasing cost, I also have a small home based business that helps to keep us above water.
Being primarily a summer/fall business, things are quieter during the winter months. But that does not mean my full time job, family commitments and other unexpected events don't interfere with my time to write or to sleep. As the pressure mounts, the idea of cloning and a day with 30 hours sounds more appealing all the time. LOL
While I usually manage to muddle through, meet my deadlines,get my work done and even manage to do a little house work from time to time, there are days when I feel so overwhelmed, I start to question my ability to cope. This often leads to the dreaded writer's block, which further complicates things.
Right now, I am working on two manuscripts, each with a tight deadline for completion. My need to finish these and get them published high on my prirotiy list. But of late, my mind is so bogged down with other things and my time occupied with so many commitments that finding the time is difficult. Especially since writer's block has been a major issue. Add the fact that my summer business is geared to start again this coming weekend and I want to scream "CALGON TAKE ME AWAY!!!!"
Along with being published comes the onus of providing your fans and prospective readers with book you can be proud of and that meet their expectations. I don't want to be one of the authors who after one successfull book are happy to turn out anything, especially a book that is mediocre or worse. Sales and profit must take a backseat and quaility must be first and foremost.
I am sure all of you have been faced with this problem and while some authors are lucky enough to write full time and do not have to work, that does not mean you don't face many of the same problems.
HOW DO YOU COPE?
WHAT HELPS YOU OVER THE BUMPS IN THE ROAD AND KEEPS YOU ON TRACK?
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