Now on to our guest, author Sidney Ayers, who'll be talking about how she handles the writers life. Enjoy!
I think I’m kind of lucky when it comes to my writing life. I’m single and I don’t have any kids, but I do have five nieces and nephews that give me my kid fix. My family knows that writing is my life and job. They’re some of the most supportive people I know. It’s give and take, though. Sometimes my family needs me, yet they know that I need alone time too. It’s an understandable balance, I guess.
My routines had been varied. Sometimes I wrote in the morning, sometimes at night. Whenever my muse struck, I try and accommodate him or her. I have more than one muse, and that, in and of itself, can make things difficult. Unfortunately, that is a topic for another blog. Sometimes, this varied schedule caused issues. I found myself forcing myself to write when my brain was ready to go vegetate. All I ended up with was a huge migraine that even Excedrin couldn’t touch.
What I’ve done is set up an actual schedule. I’ve allotted a set amount of time for writing, editing, lunch, and of course free time. This allows me to be accountable and on schedule. I’ve discovered that setting aside a particular amount of hours a day for writing works better than chaining myself to the keyboard until I write a set amount of words a day. I post the schedule where everyone can see. That way, my family knows when I’m working and when have free time. I’m on a steep deadline right now, so they all know how important my writing time is. I know it may seem kind of tacky, but it works for me and my family. It keeps me productive and the tensions considerably lower. Of course, if there’s an emergency, I will find a way to work around the schedule. Family should always come first, after all.
How do you as writers and or working parents balance your careers and family?
-- Lynda Again
It's always interesting to see how some writers allocate time between their writing and their family. Thanks Sidney for sharing your routine.
I've posted a review of Sidney's latest book, Demons Like It Hot, that you may be interested in. To see it, click here.
Have a Blessed Day!