School started, and I'm back to the three way pull of home-school-writing. It becomes this constant shifting of balance from one foot to another, like trying to stand on a boat at sea in a storm.
I'm grateful to have interest in my writing at all, of course. And I know I'm in this for the long haul, so it doesn't have to everything all at once.
But (you knew there would be a but, right?)…
there's not enough interest yet to pay the bills, which means that I'm straddling worlds: teaching to hold up my end of the bills-insurance-mortgage game AND building a writing career at the same time.
When I'm trying to fit my writing life into one or two hours a day, I struggle with how best to spend that time.
- I need to write new things.
- I need to promote what I've already written.
- I need to connect with the writing community.
Here lately, I'm trying a rough every-other-day approach. If I write on the WIP today, then tomorrow is a "business" day in which I handle emails, make arrangements for things, and contribute to social media.
( Seriously: I mean look at all these links for all the social media play-lands I visit: )
They keep making more platforms, and they're all fun! Plus I maintain this website and my author pages on Amazon and Goodreads. Jeez Louise. That's a full time job in itself.
I want to be on social media every day for at least a little while because besides being business, it's also fun. My friends are there. They are funny and clever, or they need support and I want to be a good friend. But you can lose entire days down that tube, let alone the whole two hours a day you have for writing stuff.
So, I have to protect me from me.
Other creatives out there, especially if you have a day job or other serious time demands, how do you decide where to focus your time and energy from day to day?