Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Balancing Writing and Life

All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.
-TE Lawrence

My goals change with what is going on in my life. Over the past year, I have made decisions to help push myself forward with my writing. I am now facing a challenge with juggling that with an upcoming life changing event over the next year After reading Michelle Zink's blog post about her path to publication, I realized more than ever that I needed to do more. I can no longer use excuses and let things get in the way of my dream. I have to find balance or decide what to sacrifice.

Social media has become one of the things that can easily take up my time. I am finding ways to manage it while still remaining active since I am looking at working with local businesses over the next year. I am creating small goals so I can learn more about it while not letting it take over all my spare time. If it does start to do so, I know that I will have to do something different.

I am going to start getting out of the house and going to the local Atomic Coffee, Barnes and Noble, or library to spend some quiet time alone with my writing. I am looking forward to these outings since I haven't done them as intense as I did in college, and it might do me some good. The way to get writing accomplished is to just do it. It requires time and patience--- and lots of dedication.

It is just time for me to push myself a little bit harder over the next few months during the editing and revision process so I can become closer to finishing my novel. I have gone through the first five chapters of my WIP and am enjoying the shape that it is taking. I handed over the pages over to my husband to read while I move forward with the rest of it. I know that he will challenge me if I need it, which is exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time. (How did I find such a wonderful guy?)

There is a short story that I gave to my critique group that I keep adding a bit to that I am completely in love with for some reason. It is so different so we shall see where that leads me.

If anything, I am going to post it here in the future. I am taking a short hiatus from the blog until this my novel edit is complete. I don't want to use this space as a distraction. When I return, I will have book reviews, updates on my process, and my very first book contest!
Keep an eye out for me and feel free to drop a line!

Natasha

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