Saturday, June 2, 2007

Needing Downtime

Every writer struggles to find time to write, even if they write full-time. We have so many writerly things that we have to do. Authors are busy promoting their books, speaking, book signing, emailing, blogging, and networking.

Summer is usually a time when I have some downtime. I've been looking forward to my daughter being out of school. I admit that I was getting a little sick of the homework. It doesn't help your confidence when as a college graduate you discover you still can't do third grade math.

This is also a time when my full-time job slows down. Today, I discovered that our state agency will be hosting a huge state-wide event in our city. What does this mean? Lots more work. I wanted to catch up on my writing this summer. I wanted to finish a new book. I wanted to take a few online writing courses. I wanted to read some fiction for pleasure. I don't want to work so hard during the day that I come home and drop. I don't want to be so tired that I can't get up early, or stay up late to work on my book. I've been through these events before. I know how much they take out of me.

I've been praying that God will help me not complain about my job. Wouldn't you know that I'd be put to the test? I'm regrouping, praying, and trying to convince myself that I won't wear out. How do you create downtime in your schedule? Is it a constant challenge for you like it is me?


  1. Down time is tough, Jenn. I don't seem to have a lot of it either. Or if I think I do, something comes up.
    I'll be praying you find your time.

  2. Jenn,
    I thought I would have more time to write once I left work to stay at home with my daughter. But I find I am scrounging for time early in the morning, during naptime and in the evenings if I'm not too pooped by then. My problem has been dividing time between writing, email, blogging and critiquing with my crit group. I can't organize my time and the writing part usually is put last. I need help organizing my day!

  3. Christy,

    Writing first!!!!
    What I do in the am is not, not, not, go online. (Unless it's Monday and I go on to post my F.A.I.T.H post. ( I ususllay draft it Sunday night).

    I know it's hard. See, I'm online right now!! I should be working on my book or watching the DVD's I got that Missy suggested.
    Maybe I'll go do that now.

  4. Lindi, You are absolutely right and so, I have moved my laptop upstairs where I will go to work on writing and will be unavailable for internet. :)

  5. Good girl, Christy. You are so talented I want you to get a book submitted so you can sell it.

  6. Thanks, Lindi and Christy.

    Christy, when I'm having personal discipline problems because the Internet is distracting me, I use my laptop too. It works. Just make sure your lap top never has Internet access. And like Lindi said, write first thing in the morning with your coffee or whatever you have.