March Guest Blogger:
JE Taylor, author of Vengeance
My greatest challenge lately seems to be carving out time for writing. I have a full time “day” job in addition to being a writer and I’ve got two kids, one almost a teenager and the other just turned sixteen, who have a very active extra-curricular schedule. I am not alone in this quandary. Most of the authors I know do the same juggling act and struggle with the same issues.
So how do you find the time with life rushing by at ninety miles an hour?
Discipline and balance. That is the key.
It’s almost like a diet – the more disciplined you are, the greater the benefits, but you shouldn’t beat yourself up when you cheat with that slice of chocolate cake.
With writing, the discipline is simple. Get your butt in the chair and close down those social network sites and email and just write. Lately, those pesky and addicting social media sites have taken a toll on my productivity. However, that’s the marketing lifeline to those of us who choose to venture into the small publisher space, and it can also be akin to that chocolate cake. It’s a little bit of a cheat, and it may make you feel good for the moment, but if you don’t watch out, you’ll pay the price.
I’m still trying to find the right balance and get back into a disciplined routine.
For me that equals getting my butt in the chair and closing down those communication channels for an hour or two each night.
How do you find the right balance?
J.E. Taylor is a writer, an editor, a manuscript formatter, a mother, a wife and a business analyst, not necessarily in that order. She first sat down to seriously write in February of 2007 after her daughter asked:
“Mom, if you could do anything, what would you do?”
From that moment on, she hasn’t looked back and now her writing resume includes five+ novels either published or targeted for release along with several short stories on the virtual shelves including a few within upcoming eXcessica anthologies.Ms. Taylor also moonlights as an Assistant Editor of Allegory, an online venue for Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror, and lends a hand in formatting manuscripts for eXcessica as well as offering her services judging writing contests for various RWA chapters.She lives in Connecticut with her husband and two children and during the summer months enjoys her weekends on the shore in southern Maine.