Do you ever just want to write? I mean, like seriously tell the world to screw off just so you can write?
Well, that’s where I’ve been for the last month but commitments have kept me from that goal more often than not. First, there were set upon set of edits to complete. Keep this in mind, writers, that if you submit a wad of books and they all get accepted, you’ll have a wad of edits coming back at you all at the same time—while you’re trying to do other things.
Then there’s this stubborn work in progress I’ve been fiddling with. The opening chapter’s still not right, which is just as well because my Muse decided she wanted to write a short, hot piece. Who am I to argue with her?
Next comes the Muse Online Writing Conference. I’d forgotten I agreed to teach a mini-workshop every day this week on writing with humor so I’ve had to come up with posts for each day. Just FYI, it’s still going on so if you get time, drop by. Do a Google search. I’m too tired to come up with a link right now.
I only remembered at 8:15 pm on Tuesday that I had to blog for today. Wen I signed up for Paranormal Romantics, I considered it a job so I don’t often have folks come in and blog for me. It’s my commitment and I need to do it. So, I’m here! I know you’re glad even though sometimes I’m scraping the bottom of the barrel for content. It's all part of the business of writing.
And lastly, there’s my own personal blog plus promotions I’ve been mired in this last month thanks to book releases. All of this pulls me away from writing—not to mention perpetual laundry and housework and dealing with the husband's needs--and don't get me started on the mothership!
Do I ever just want to go hide so I can write? You bet, but I can’t. Being a writer means you have to budget your time with everything else. Prioritize your workload, just as you would do at an office or other job. Do I have time to hang out on online forums and other social networking sites? Nope. Again, I have work to do and writing is work. It’s a job. I give my writing everything I have in order to constantly get better and that means I don’t have time to waste. I usually tell people if you need me, email me because I can’t type in chat programs and on my book at the same time. LOL
So, here I am, watching the Biggest Loser (which is boring this season FYI), writing out this blog post, trying to figure out what I’ll say for this workshop and ready to throw a pillow at my Muse who wants me to work on chapter two.
Question of the day: Does it ever frustrate you when you can’t get in writing time because of everything else? How do you deal with it all?
Have a great day everyone!