Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Balancing The Writing Life

Hey kids, how's it going. Sorry that I've not been around much but I had to go back into the work force. Not so much because I needed the money, but more because someone needed my help and I can't say no to a friend. So, now I'm in the process of trying to balance my writing life and my work life, all without causing problems in my family life. Sounds fun, huh?

So how is it done??? Well, I'm still in the process of figuring that one out, but I'm getting better. The trick is to figure out a schedule for everything as a whole. Not just the job and the writing, but time for family and friends too.

I'm lucky enough to have a set schedule at work. That means I have to figure out everything else around that. So, when I get home in the afternoons, I do some housework and get a couple articles written. Then, I take my daughter to work--come home and cook dinner/do the dishes--then write a couple more articles. Then pick my daughter up from work and spend the evening with the hubby or play with my quilts.

One thing to keep in mind is that you've got to allow yourself some down time. No matter how much you love to write, you can get burned out on it quick. Especially when it becomes more of a job than a way to make a living. I know that sounds redundant, but trust me on this one. Writing for a living is a blast but it can turn into work real fast and many writers do what they do because they don't like work. LOL (Sad but true).

I'm living proof that it is possible to work, write, and still have time for friends and family and yourself. If you can work out a schedule, you can do it all and do it well. It takes some time and effort, but it is possible.

Posted by Christine R. Senter

© C Harris Lynn, 2010

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