Elena and Trish pretty much hit the mark. I followed both of their advice. I got a plan, rewards, triggers, and I have session goals.
Now I’m working on
- Taking myself seriously
It’s hard to keep giving stuff up when I have no idea if the story I’m working on will actually work at all. I have a rather high wordcount goal because I wasn’t working very hard when I had a low wordcount goal and I must be an over achiever. But that means I need three hours a day to write. Some days I have that and same days I have to squeeze that out of nowhere.
And the rest of life changes. I have to go grocery shopping after the kids are home and trust them to play the piano and start homework. That didn’t work out yesterday so today I’m going to get things done when they’re asleep. Except for the things that can’t be done after 5pm. See the dilemma?
Once I start to get to work, I have to stay working even when it’s harder. The only way I can do that is if I figure out how to take myself seriously and balance everything out. How to do this seems to change every week if not every day. So not only do we have to work on our WIP, we have to balance life with it. And seeing as I don’t currently get paid for any writing I do, I’m not sure I can call it a job. “Job” has a different connotation in my head. So my family also has to work with my balancing and take my work seriously. I really hope my WIP comes out better than some of my ‘balancing’ attempts. And with practice, I’m hoping to get the hang of it.
And once I get that under control, I’m going to tackle world peace.
How do you balance your writing with life?