Setting goals, creating to-do lists, and planning... I admit it, I'm Type A. Yet, I've found my best writing comes during unplanned, chaos-free times. With three kids and writing and editing freelance jobs starting to pick up, these moments are hard to come by. I'm trying to have set times of day to work on paid projects and social media while also finding time to work on my two novels. It's a delicate balance, and I must admit I haven't quite found my rhythm.
Plus, I've really missed dedicated reading time. Not only does consistent reading help my writing, it's also something I love to do and a major stress-reliever. One of my priority goals for ROW 80 was to make reading a priority. Again, this requires time.
Finding a rhythm really equates to carving out time into workable chunks. I'm getting there. Slowly, but surely.
My progress this week:
Depression Cookies blog
Results: Blogged every day
Reaction: Oh, yeah!
Mom in Love with Fiction blog
Results: Two posts
Reaction: So close. Want to do 3 posts per week. Still, major progress from the attention this blog was getting.
Results: Some research and outlining for my YA novel. Received Mom's chapter and need to write my response. I've been stewing a bit over it, and the words haven't flowed.
Reaction: Reserved. This is where finding my writing rhythm is so important.
Results: So close to finishing Valhalla. A fun, interesting read by one of my Blogathon cohorts, Jennifer Willis. Will review soon.
Reaction: Love making reading a priority again!
Can you plan writing time? Or must you let the muse decide when it's time to write?
I hope my writer friends, especially those participating in ROW 80, are achieving their goals and finding their rhythm. Please check out some great writers below: