In lieu of answering a writerly question, I’m gonna wax poetically about self-reflection. Get ready folks, this’ll require all cylinders. Have you had your coffee yet?
Nah, just kidding. This won’t hurt a bit. (Don’t ya hate it when doctors say that?)
Anywho, I’ve seen lots of buzz on the interwebz about finding balance in life, especially if writing is thrown into the mix. For some reason, the writer, once they’ve been infected with the writing bug, becomes manic and hyperfocused on–you guessed it–writing.
How in the world does this happen? Sure, new hobbies start off in a blaze of fire, but most fizzle down to some basal level. Somehow, writing does not do that. In fact, it tends to grow and multiply. It shifts from one WIP to several. Then blogging is added. And it’s not just a once a week thing. Sure, it might be at first, but then the momentum takes over and soon daily posts are being churned out like machine gun fire. Don’t forget writing forums and beta reading and critting.
Whoa. I don’t know about you, but I got hyped up just thinking about it! Can I get a show of hands of who has felt overwhelmed by the amount of writerly things there are to do? (Can I get a show of hands of who only had to read that last sentence once?)
I gotta say I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this journey so far (yes, there have been times when I wanna wail and cry and moan and smash my PC) and the enjoyment keeps me coming back for more. On the other hand (the more rational, logical, and wise hand), I’m learning that slowing down and taking a joy ride here and there can be just as valuable.
So, that’s what I’m gonna do. I’ve recently finished yet another round of revisions. I’ve been out of town for boards and a work conference. I’m looking for a house (yikes!). And to balance out the time, I’ve cut back on farming (FarmVille, folks, not the real thing, LOL!)…Yeah, that really sounded pathetic. Seems I need to whittle away at it some more, so…
My next goal is easing back on the frequency of posts. So, you’ll notice I’ll post three to four times a week (depending on when a blog chain day cycles ’round). I’ll stick with my themes of Flake-out Friday, the Traveling Blog, and Mental Health Mondays. Sound like a plan? I think so.
In case you’re interested in reading more about balance, check out these posts:
What links have you come across that discuss balance and how to achieve it?
And, as always, check out Lydia’s blog post on Medical Mondays!