I am getting more used to being home alone, and structuring my day. It’s like I’m exploring my own inner motivation. I could just sit around and read Facebook all day, though more than a day of that and I’d go crazy! I’ve found that setting out my laptop and notebook on the table before I take the children to school really helps me sit down and start as soon as I get home again. I’m also working on going to bed earlier and getting up earlier, although I struggle with both of those!
I am continuing to write everyday, I’m helping out with things at school, I’m taking some time for myself to relax, I’m catching up with friends, I’m getting things done round the house, I’m on top of dinner prep and being creative. I feel positive about how I’m managing my time. I am being productive, but not getting stressed about it, which is the right balance to have.
As far as writing goes I am plotting out my next book. This one is more YA (or maybe NA) and I’m really excited about it. I learnt from the writing process on the last one that I work better when I know where I’m going, so I’m spending the next couple of weeks outlining and planning. I’m sure that this will make a huge difference to my writing and make it a much smoother process. I really didn’t enjoy making it up as I went along!
I’m also blogging twice a week (you might have noticed!), and I actually have got a plan for that. I have a list of blog posts to write and I’m trying to balance them across the different categories I have here.
Overall I fell positive about what I’m doing. Now I need to get to bed early consistently and I’ll be flying!
I’m a big one for plotting and planning when it comes to writing a book. Just too many pages to get lost in without some kind of guideposts. And you can always change things, add a new major character, introduce a new difficulty for your protagonist in getting to their goal. Glad to hear you’re feeling positive.
Thanks! I really felt lost pantsing my last one, so this one can’t be worse than that!
You go! Finding that balance between pushing yourself and allowing yourself to relax is an amazing accomplishment in and of itself. Keep up the great work! (And if you have any tips on *making* yourself go to bed earlier, I’d love to hear them!)
Thanks, I’m still working on it. Especially the going to bed part of it! Which is not helped by children being awake multiple times a night at the moment ??