No more posts from (or Kyra or Lisa or Cheryl or LoriAnne) for the rest of June! Ann Dee? What about you?
Getting ready for Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers!
EVERYONE: Please read Emily Wing Smith’s book ALL BETTER NOW.
Writing against a deadline is nerve-wracking, and being late on a deadline can have dire consequences. Why do some of us put ourselves in that situation again and again?
Like me today.
Some people say it’s exhilarating and they write better under pressure.
I know I do not.
One thing I struggle with is not protecting my writing time enough because I don’t want to appear selfish. It’s too easy to let small demands from family, work, church, creep in and before you know it, that hour you set aside is swallowed up in bathing the baby, talking with that neighbor across the street who is having a hard time etc. All worthy and selfless things, but you didn’t keep your promise to yourself that day. Did you let these things become excuses for why you didn’t write?
How do you find a balance on how to be available to help others who depend on you, but also be a reliable and consistent writer? I am finding I write more and better if I leave my house where family can’t find me. I can focus for a couple hours on writing.
What are your tips for how to do this? Writing late at night or early in the morning? Writing in 15-minute moments? What is your balance?