Hi Everyone! It's Natalie here today. Today I have a fantastic tip from Rory Shay. This is her first tip here. She has a great website/blog where she blogs about the writing and publishing process, so be sure to check it out.
Tip: How to balance the rest of your life while writing:
A lot of people have asked me how I manage having a family, a young infant, a full-time consulting career, a position on a non-profit board of directors, and socializing with friends while I write novels at the same time. Balance is definitely the key word because it is truly a balancing act. Obviously my family and child come first, no matter what. But I am also super-focused when I write. It’s like I’m in another world where not much else breaks through. So how do I fit it in? I work in short little stints, whenever I can get in a few minutes…after my child goes to sleep at night, on a day off from work, while the baby is napping, etc. I carry paper with me wherever I go, and if a good idea or a good few lines hits me, I'll write them down immediately. It doesn't matter if it's during a particularly dry meeting at work or in the middle of cooking dinner. I take every opportunity and don’t wait for a long stretch of free time. Even 10 minutes is enough to open my laptop and jot down a few paragraphs.
I wrote most of my first YA fiction novel, ELECTED, while I was on maternity leave. I was worried I’d be bored at home for four months, and everyone kept telling me that the last thing I’d be was bored. But when it came down to it, my child slept for about 17 hrs a day for the first four months. So when I wasn’t napping with her, I spent a lot of time writing. It was January, and I had to find something with which to occupy myself indoors because of the weather.
Most of the writers I know do it as a hobby, not as a full-time career. So that means most of them are also balancing a bunch of other priorities. If anyone else has advice on how they balance writing in the middle of everything else they do, I’d love to hear it!