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Balance it better

In the November/December Writer’s Digest magazine, editor Zachary Petit talks about how balance keeps our writing lives moving forward: “Which is why my goal to cap 2011 off is to create a deeper sense of balance in my writing life. Take time to breathe, absorb. Take time to live, and then really write.”
Makes sense, yes?
I constantly strive for balance but find myself pulled in so many different directions. Priorities change from one week to the next, intrusions, distractions, unexpected events – all knock me off kilter. But I continue trying to balance, or rather, rebalance my life. So, with the year’s end looming, I’ve given my 2011 writing goals and achievements a healthy once over. This’ll help me plan for 2012. I’m looking for a way to do it differently, hopefully better (more balanced) in 2012. I started by assessing my 2011 writing regimen and evaluating what’s working and what’s not.
-           Is my current writing schedule feasible for 2012?
-           Am I putting aside enough time for my writing?
-           Will there ever be enough time?
-           Am I using the time allotted in the most productive way?
-           Do I need to revisit my writing priorities?

After asking myself all these questions I realized two important things:
  1. This year I have allowed my day job and other commitments to encroach on my writing time. I need to reclaim those sessions for 2012 and stand firm against all invaders.
  2. This year’s writing product has revolved around revisions which is all well and good but means I’ve spent less time on new writing. For 2012, I’d like to schedule in more new-writing opportunities. I want the freedom to play with ideas and the time to pursue them. And if that means taking a day off from my day job, so be it.

Circumstances change. Priorities change. Needs and relationships change. What worked in the past may not work in the future. Now’s a good time for me to shake things up and find a different balancing act.
Are you planning on doing it differently for 2012?



( 3 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 15th, 2011 05:24 pm (UTC)
I'll be focusing a lot more on writing. I plan to finish two new novels by the end of next year.
Dec. 18th, 2011 01:36 pm (UTC)
Happy writing, Jon. I want to get started on a new novel - a ghost story that's been buzzing inside my brain for a couple of years now. And also two new picture books. And an easy reader series. Hmm, I'm going to be very busy - I best get my revisions finished.

Edited at 2011-12-18 01:37 pm (UTC)
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Dec. 18th, 2011 01:39 pm (UTC)
I already put in for a vacation day in January to work on those PBs I was talking to you about. I'm so excited.
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