I hope everyone had a great Father’s Day weekend. I traveled and went down to visit my grandpa in Santa Rosa for the weekend. It was great seeing my grandpa, uncles, and cousins as we spent time with my grandpa.
After I returned, I decided to focus on an area of my life needing my attention – my writing schedule. I block out time for classes, to work on my tiny house, to sort through items in storage, to hang out with my son, and to work on my writing. But I will put off and push back the time I need to be writing in order to do other things.
It’s not that I don’t want to write, it’s just that I need to do so many other things. So, instead of sitting down to write, edit, revise, or work on my author platform, I do laundry, vacuum, install insulation, or anything else on my to do list that needs to get done because I just want everything finished so I can think! However, that isn’t going to happen. There will always be something needing my attention above writing. If I want to write for a living, then I need to treat it more like a job and less like a hobby.
This is difficult to do because most of the time when I’m supposed to be writing, I’m actually doing things for my nonprofit. Both are hugely important, both need my attention, but I need to find a balance between the two. I’ve been putting that off, and now I need to address it. I am going to come up with a work schedule, tweak it until it works for me, and then I’ll share it and the process with all of you.
I have not had a chance to sit down and work on Heart Work in almost two weeks. I’m currently turning it from a screenplay to a novel. On the one hand, it’s complete. On the other, I’m maybe an eighth of the way through it. If I am to stay on schedule, I need to get it turned over to a novel by August 31, so I can start the revision and editing processing.
I only have a few more weeks left of my summer classes. I’m excited about it on the one hand because it will give me time to work on other writing projects, but I’m sad because I really enjoy them. Although, once I don’t have to devote almost 20-30 hours a week on classes, I’ll be able to use that time working on the tiny, Heart Work, Midnight Waters, and every day life.