I know I usually post more regularly, but this past week has been jammed. Since mid March of this year I have been back involved in my business. I had taken a sort of leave of absence when I sold, and well, it was necessary for me to jump back in with both feet, and hands. And I am not complaining. Quite the contrary, it has gotten me out of a complacent rut.
Quite frankly, when I was working full time in my business, with kids home, hubby working weird shift work, I did manage to write. Quite a bit actually. But I seriously believe I was able to write because it was my business and I didn’t have anyone looking over my shoulder, not to mention, my hours were flexible. And when I started to write my kids were all teenagers or young adults.
Now here’s the thing. With deadlines (I have six books to turn in between now and Feb ’08), and conferences, and RWA meetings and book signings, and everything else that goes with selling, I couldn’t do it if I was working a 9-5 job and had small children to take care of.
So props to all of you writers out there who are juggling like mad and still writing, and writing good stuff.
I find for me right now, the suck on my writing time isn’t actual time I’m putting into the business, but the after hours thinking about my business. I mean my brain is having a hard time shifting from concentrating on one thing, the business, to the other thing, writing. It’s like my brain won’t go to sleep. Usually I get my good writing in at night on the Dana. I wrote six pages this past week. Six measly pages! I have JADED to revise and the revisions for REDEMPTION are coming in next week. (btw, I reread REDEMPTION last night, just to touch base with my characters, and I love the story even more.) I need to get my brain to focus on the writing. The biz is good, real good actually; in May we had our best month since I took my leave of absence… but still…I need to shift brain gears.
Any suggestions? What sidelines your writing, and how to do you get back into the groove?
PS. Amie, “Your heroine is a slut,” is a winner in my book of nastiest comments by judges. Email me with your snail mail addy and I’ll send you a copy of GOOD GIRL.
Oh and pss, tomorrow is my blog day over at FogCityDivas come on by and heckle me. I have no idea what my topic is going to be.