Some of us here at A Round of Words are full-time writers. Others, however, have to fit their writing into an already full schedule. Just how can we do that?
Here are a dozen ideas that may help:
1. Set manageable goals. Supposedly, we’ve already done that. If we find out along the way that we have to revise those goals, we should do so without feeling guilty or defeated. Remember this is “the writing challenge that knows you have a life.”
2. This may seem like I’m adding more work to your already lengthy To Do list. However, I like to make a Priority List from time to time. Who and what are the most important things in your life? What do you absolutely positively have to do (your day job, for instance)? Then, honestly evaluate when you are going to work on your ROW goals without driving yourself and those around you completely bonkers.
3. When we take on new challenges, something usually has to give. I once heard a wise woman say every time she took on something new, she let something else go. Now, that’s worth considering.
4. While writing is real work and sometimes requires a sit-your-butt-in-the-chair-and-write attitude, we all have times when we’re most creative (and writing is that, too). So, if you’re most creative in the morning, try to write then. If your bright ideas come at 2:00 a.m., that’s all right. Just remember to get enough rest. For most of us, our creativity dries up pretty quickly if we’re bleary-eyed and nodding off at the keyboard.
5. While we can all learn from one another, we are each unique. Some of us will post brief check-ins. Others will be quite lengthy. Whatever works best for you . . .
6. And when we do visit our fellow writers’ sites, we’re sure to discover ideas we want to incorporate. It would be great to leave a comment. Even a line or two would be good.
7. Visiting fellow ROWers sites is a great way to connect with the community. However, we shouldn’t beat ourselves up if we’re not doing so as much as we’d like.
8. The same is true with check-ins. While it’s great to check in twice a week, if you miss a time or two, the ROW police aren’t going to track you down . . . at least I don’t think they are. Right, Kait?
9. If we’re writing about a serious subject and its beginning to consume us, wisdom dictates that we take a break from time to time . . . just not such a long break that we lose our rhythm.
10. If we seem to be spinning our wheels – or dropping the ball to continue the juggling metaphor – we can always take a break and write something completely different. It can be fun and the diversion we need to get back at our projects with new enthusiasm.
11. Maybe that diversion will have absolutely nothing to do with writing. Go for a walk. Play in the park. Jump in the pool. And then come back refreshed and ready to get at it.
12. For all of us, there are more important things than writing. We must know when to walk away from the keyboard or the notebook. Just remember to come back when the time is right.
May you have great success as you juggle . . . and write.