Before Writing on Wednesday, let me put all of those who participated in the giveaway of Bandits out of their misery!
The winner is Tash!
Thank you everyone who participated and keep an eye out for future giveaways and competitions! One in particular that might involve a little fella…
Writing on Wednesday
Writing on Wednesday is a weekly meme, created right here at Bookish Ardour and is for everyone to participate in. Every Wednesday I will post a new question for writers to answer on their own blogs or to answer in the comments. You can be aspiring, you can be published, or just write as a hobby.
All you have to do is link back to this post and leave a link to yours in the comments. Simple! Please remember to leave a proper comment on other’s blogs, and not just an I was here one. Thanks!
This Week’s Question: Finding Balance – Most people struggle with time management, what have you learnt to help find that balance between life, work, and writing?
My answer – I’m still struggling with this one myself, it’s a constant battle, especially because of my health. My health doesn’t exactly adhere to any schedule or routine all the time, but if I go out of what routine I already have then it gets even more upset. So trying to introduce a writing schedule into my already delicately held health schedule can be pretty tricky. It’s a constant battle of trying, pulling back, and trying again.
Like most writers and writing tips you come across, routine is key for me. If I set a time each day with a goal, and naturally the more I do it, the smoother it becomes.
As for balancing that with work? I’m on a pension because my work is maintaining my health. When I find that balance between the two, I’m going to be sharing that information around!
And balancing with family and friends? Even if you have writer friends around you, I find writing to still be a very reclusive path to take. For me I have to find that balance between being a full time writer in my own little world and finding enough time to nurture my relationships, but in order to do both a part of the latter has to step aside at times. If there’s something important going on or someone needs me, then of course they get put first, but I try to put my writing first these days.
It took me awhile to realise that I had to do that and then even longer to accept it. I’m still doing that, but it does help that I’ve always been on the aloof side with my friendships and relationships. It helps a lot of I have friends who know this of me and can accept it. I don’t like the stereotype of writers being all up in their own head space all the time and being socially inept, quirky, and having to disappear to go write like mad, but I’ll let people think that of me if it means I can have friendships and time to write.
I wonder if that is a stereotype or not?
Anyway, I’m pretty sure I just rambled on there. I need coffee! Or something! This is why I try not to write or blog when I haven’t had enough sleep because I’ll digress onto something else…. So, any thoughts on balance? Have you found it? Still looking? I’d love to know your thoughts on finding balance.
Next Week's Question: Inspiration - Is there something special that gives you inspiration? Do you look in particular places? Or is it all around you? Where do you find your inspiration? To submit a question please email firstname.lastname@example.org with WriWe in the subject title.