The bane of the writer's career though, is that when life happens we often feel it is an interruption to our writing time. Oh boy is that backwards, and it took me a long time to learn that.
Nothing is as frazzled as a writer who is itching to get back to his/her manuscript or much needed marketing tasks and a friend is unexpectedly hanging on the doorbell. Think Bilbo Baggins and those infernal cousins of his when he wanted only to finish his tale, There and Back Again.
But here are a few home truths:
- If you say no to your family and social invitations too often, you lose the freshness of real life, and the lack of that will show in your writing.
- Worse still, you will increase the depth of your burn out for a longer period of time.
Rachel has already given some great suggestions for your mental and physical health while writing. Today I want to encourage you that when "LIFE" happens, and you have no other option but to put your writing aside for a season, to not be disheartened.
My writing career has developed in a uneven pattern of starts and stops. The times I've had to stop have been when one of my three adult children have got married, or I started a new day job, or selling my house, or a loved one became ill.
When these things happen to you, do not try and write during these seasons. Set your writing aside and trust the Lord to bring it all together at the right time.
These past 6 months have been a whirlwind for me. Starting in January I had edits to do for my non-fiction book Finding Sarah Finding Me, while at the same time arranging marketing and writing reams of blogs to promote the May release of Sofi's Bridge. Just as Sofi's Bridge was published my husband and I decided to renovate our home and put it up for sale. At the same time there were preparations to make for my youngest son's wedding in June, and I also held down my part-time job and started the process to take on a second temporary part time job. There was nothing I could do, but get my marketing tasks to a certain point and then leave it. And there was certainly no time to write another book or even attempt to.
When life happens:
- Admit you can only do so much.
- Do what you can, and leave the rest to the Lord.
- Trust God that your writing career is in His hands.
I found over the years that He is so faithful. While I didn't have time this past month to answer every blog comment, or be on social media as much as my writing peers do when they have a new release, I've been blessed to see the Lord multiply my small efforts in promotion of my latest release. Sofi's Bridge for example won the April Clash of the Titles.
My point is, don't just let life happen and growl that it is hampering your writing career.
- Embrace your life, the good and the bad.
- REST physically
- REST mentally
Here are some portions from Ecclesiastes 2 to ponder.