Balancing Work, Writing, Friends, Activities, et al…



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Is there a way to make this happen?  Is there a way to make all the things happen with limited amount of time in a day? I am still trying to figure out.

When I started this whole process, it was just to see if I could.  After that it was to exercise my creativity.  Then it was to push for consistency.  Somewhere along the way, I had to start pushing things to the side to make my deadlines.

My skills dropped, my time with friends and family fell to the wayside and my workload increased.  That last bit has nothing to do with writing except that it has eaten more of my mental time and I feel my writing has suffered for it.

I’ve tried not sleeping, but that only made me more tired.  I pulled back somewhat on my deadlines, but the desire was to get better and faster at this idea.  So far, that has not been the case.  Well… the faster part anyway.  I do feel that I have improved as a writer and that was the main goal from the beginning.

So that’s one plus.  Maybe I can figure this whole thing out.

Author: jongraylang

Novel Writer, Screenwriter, Filmmaker & occasionally an Actor. Handy with a Sword, Ukulele, and Skis. Author of Nun With a Gun: The Town with No Name, The Matilda, Twistin' Matilda, Black Matilda, and Secret Matilda. Writer of the upcoming Sci-Fi sequel, Waltzing Matilda.

2 thoughts on “Balancing Work, Writing, Friends, Activities, et al…”

  1. I think the best thing you can do is be 100% committed to whatever you are focusing on while you are doing it. True quality time with someone once a week is better than having your heads in the cloud twice a week (or once a month, etc). Quality work for 8 hours is better than showing face for 12 (at most places anyways). You can do it!


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