Now that I have moved past aspiring writer and forged my way into the published author category, it is time to rethink my routine. I have recently discovered that the whole aspiring writer title for me was basically an excuse. I was only aspiring because I didn’t push myself to work regularly on what I loved to do. I knew I wanted to write, and I did, a lot. But in my mind, I wasn’t ready for others to read my work. I realize now that this was only because I knew it would mean I needed to get serious about writing. I just wasn’t disciplined enough. Now that I have become disciplined in my writing and have to learn a new routine to balance work, home, and personal.
Being an indie author and publishing myself was a feat in and of itself. Looking back I can see all of my achievements and mistakes along the way. As I work on book two I am learning even more. There are so many things that come with self-publishing. Things I never dreamed of and therefore never did. I have studied so much in the last year on what needs to be done and am still learning. I hope to continue this learning for the rest of my life, but that is a story for another post.
I have learned that I cannot just write when I want to. I have to set a schedule for myself. I was thinking of writing La Flor Manor for a couple of years. But until I set a schedule for myself, and made deadlines, I was getting no where. So this time around I have set deadlines for myself. I have made miniature rewards for myself when I meet one of those deadlines. And of course when I miss a deadline I have a serious mental pep talk and put in an extra few hours of work to get caught up. This is proving beneficial in keeping me on track and pushing me forward.
Getting to this path has been hard though. I have had struggles and days I thought about giving up all together. This I discovered was from feeling overwhelmed. Following your dreams and achieving them is a lot of stress and pressure. All self inflicted of course. I became overwhelmed trying to find time for everything. I started freelance writing about the same time as I started seriously working on my books. Plus I have a family that wants clean clothes and dinner cooked every night. Add on top of this softball games and baseball tryouts. With all of this going on I felt like giving up. I am so happy I didn’t. I needed a routine that would give me time for everything and time to rest as well.
That is where I am at now. I have set hours now for my freelance writing. I make time in the evenings when everyone else is watching videos or playing games to do my writing as an author. I plan family fun for the weekends and work sports in as requirements dictate. This allows me to get my work done, both freelance and mom work. Gives me time to write my book and allows me a couple of hours on Sundays to just breath. This is the time I catch up on my Netflix obsession of the week and do nothing.
Through all of the trials of family, work, and being an indie author, I have found that I was losing the love of writing. The one love that has been consistent since I was a little girl. So I knew I had to fix it. Thankfully through a lot of reading and some really great blog posts by other authors, I have found my way. That is not to say that I have perfected this routine or that I will not stumble along the way. Just that finding some balance has brought the joy back into my writing and daily life.
Thank you to everyone who has supported me through these trials and to those who have encouraged me to follow my dreams. I also thank all of my supporters and readers. This has been an amazing journey so far and I cannot wait to see what the future brings.
As always remember to inspire to be inspired. Your future is what you make of it, so choose happiness and joy.Advertisements
Good afternoon all. Well, we have all survived the holidays and the day has finally come that the children are back in school. So now there is time to write, right? Not in my house. Now there is time to catch up on all of the stuff that has been put off to spend time with my children. Yeah, that is the excuse we will use. If your house is anything like mine, these were things that were put off because it was easier to wait until the children were out of the house (and not making a further mess) to clean up and do. So the next few days will be spent putting my house back in order and getting back to life as normal. Do any of you experience this chaos when your children are home, or is it just my house? Let me know in the comments what your chaos is like. Maybe we can support each other and share strategies.
I also want to take the time to thank all of you who have purchased the first book in the La Flor Manor trilogy. I hope you are enjoying it as much as I enjoyed writing it. I am currently working on book two and planning book three. Lizette and Feliciano are headed for some trials to say the least. Spain 1822 is not what Lizette expected at all and culture shock might possibly be setting in. Plus there is a bit of an over-protective mother-in-law to contend with there. We will have to see how the love birds deal with the strain.
Lastly, I would like to ask for everyone’s patience with the new site. I am making some changes and upgrading some features. If there is something you don’t like, please drop me a line and let me know. It is a work in progress as I figure out what works best for my content and readers desires. Thank you in advance for your understanding. I will try to keep every one updated on the website and books two and three.
As always, have a wonderful day and inspire to be inspired. I hope you achieve what you set out to do today, and if you do not, do not give up just keep trying.
Good afternoon all. I hope you are starting out this new year with a fresh look on the possibilities this great world has to offer. I am working hard to this respect. With this in mind, I have decided to talk about one’s dreams and making time to achieve them.
We all have dreams of achieving certain goals throughout our lifetime. Many dreams pertain to the type of work one wants to do, or the family they wish to have. Me personally my lifelong dream has been to write poetry while sitting on the River Seine. I have not achieved this dream but have complete confidence I will. This is the part of dreams that normally cause them to go wrong. Many times it is easy to think, that it is just a dream, I cannot possibly ever achieve that. You must keep a positive outlook. Even when you feel like life is throwing you every curve ball possible, swing and at least one will connect. Keep your dreams in a light that they are achievable. It may not be today or tomorrow, but if you give up on your dreams now, what will be your motivation for going on? What will you have to work for?
Making time for your dreams will help. Whether you have the ability to fulfill them now or not, take time to think about them. Plan out what you want to do or where you want to go. When we have goals and set them in motion it is much easier to achieve the things we want. This is not to say spend all day dreaming about going to Paris, or planning trips around the world. Take five minutes out of your busy day to think about what you want to do. What really speaks to your heart. Think about how you will make that trip you have longed for, or what you need to do to finish that novel you started five years ago. Just making time to think about your dreams helps keep them alive and keeping them alive makes them possible.
No matter what your dreams are, keep them alive. Make time for them and make time for yourself. Life is to short to always worry about the now, sometimes it is fun to think about the future. To picture what one day will be. Keep this mindset and you will be able to achieve your dreams. Perhaps not right now, but one day.
Until then friends, I wish you a wonderful afternoon and the best year of your lives. Remember always to inspire to be inspired.