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I’ve been struggling a lot lately with motivation. It’s not just that I don’t want to do the work, but I had about four projects that were very close to being finished, and yet, I got sick and my day job picked up and I had a total of 6 days off in the past two months.
Yeah, it’s complaining a bit, but there’s a reason I’m telling you this. A lot of people who know me through the author world seem to assume that as an author I really only do authorly things, meaning writing and editing and promoting. That’s true to an extent, but I do also have a 40+ hour a week job and a family.
I’m still frustrated though. I literally have three chapters, THREE CHAPTERS!, left to write in a novel until it’s done and I can’t manage to make myself sit down and write them. They’re outlined, so it’s not like I’m going to forget what’s happening, but still.
I get asked a lot of times, not necessarily by new writers, but what advice I would give to new writers. I’ve talked about writing process with a lot of people, but ultimately, it depends what their goal is. If a writer is interested in being a full-time author, then I personally think they need to set up a routine and treat writing like a full-time job.
I did this until I got a full-time job, and believe me when I say, I got a ton written. It wasn’t all great, it wasn’t all perfect, but it was words on the page that I could do something with. Which is partly why I’m frustrated now. My life has changed. I’m working full-time, traveling a lot more for work, and frankly, I can’t keep up with my writing like I used to.
If you’re a budding writer or even a well-seasoned writer, life changes. And life changes have to be brought into the equation when figuring out where our energy needs to be put. Three chapters should honestly take me about eight hours to finish, yet I can’t find eight hours in my schedule to sit down, even if it’s over the span of a month.
Our health matters. Our health has to come first in order for us to better function. Sure I could have had my computer open and have me typing on it when I was sick, but I probably would have been sick a whole lot longer.
Being an author isn’t simply about producing more work. It’s about being balanced and well-rounded in our lives. We can’t sit only with a computer, and we can’t constantly go out and be away from our work either.
~Adrian J Smith
About Adrian J Smith
Adrian J. Smith, or AJ as she is often called, has a generous and soft heart. She loves to rescue stray cats and dogs, as well as those who just escape. Her hoard of animals currently includes two cats, a dog and a fish, but no children as of yet. She’s passionate about LGBT et al rights, women’s rights and children’s rights.
AJ loves to read and write lesbian fiction, simply for the fact that strong women make her swoon and when two are involved her knees turn to jelly and she falls head over heels in love. AJ travels around the United States, and sometimes the world, gathering up stories for her novels. Currently, she lives in the middle of nowhere of the middle of nowhere and is rather difficult to find except on the internet, where she spends a lot of her time..
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,
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