Showing posts with label prioritizing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label prioritizing. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 19

The Cost of Balance

The Cost of Balance

"The point is to have balance in life."

I've heard that often enough and I've even said it a time or two, but is it true? Can we have a balanced life and be a success as a writer?

The Unbalanced Life

I'd like to think so. Sure, when I was in university the cost of earning good grades was not having anything even vaguely resembling a balanced life. I would stay up all night studying, guzzle coffee and eat junk food.

Also, it was difficult keeping in touch with old friends because I was too busy studying to spend time with them. The only friends I had were my study partners!

Is that what is required to be a professional author?


Or at least I hope not! There's another expression: Older and wiser.

The Key To A Balanced Life: Prioritizing

The number one thing a writer must do is write. Anything that is not writing takes a backseat. Even editing. 

Editing is important, absolutely, but one needs to write to have something to edit.

Over the past couple of days I've started to record the amount of actual writing time, as well as editing time, I put in. The results were sobering. I spend more time doing other writing-related tasks than I do working on my stories. (See: Getting Ready for 2013: A Writer's Guide)

I need to streamline my schedule so that I can accomplish the same things but in a more efficient way. I need to prioritize, accomplishing the most important tasks first and leaving the less important for the end. That way I'll at least accomplish the most important things.

Have you made any writing resolutions for the new year?

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