Writing & Life Events: Plugging away through life’s hurdles

So BIG ANNOUNCEMENT, guys! I’m moving to Florida! And by moving to Florida, I mean packing up the essentials, the border collie and myself all into my Mini Cooper Clubman for the 15-hour drive down the East Coast. Friday and Saturday are going to be rough for me. It’s okay though, I have Marissa Meyer’s Cinder on audiobook to keep me occupied.

But despite all the hassle of laundry and packing and nonsense this past weekend, I’ve still managed to put 3,000 words toward the new draft of my WIP. I realize that at some point, I will crash and need a sabbatical, but if there’s anything I’ve learned these past few years, is life rarely ever makes time for writing.

J.K. Rowling said, “Be ruthless about protecting writing days.” And she couldn’t be more right.

There are numerous reasons for why you should follow Ms. Rowling’s advice (i.e. Harry Potter, books 1-7), but specifically in this case. If you want to write, do it! Yes, life happens and things get in the way, but if you want to write, sit down and get to work.

Believe me, I get it. Life is a constant merry-go-round of hurdles and excuses, but at the end of the day, you have to decide whether or not your WIP is important enough to put the time in to finish it. If you’re not motivated to put in that time, that’s okay. There is nothing wrong with prioritizing your writing farther down on the totem pole, but here’s the thing: OWN YOUR PRIORITIES LIST!

Well, we’re officially venturing into rant territory, so you’re welcome?

If you’ve been following my blog, you know I’m a crazy, workaholic freak of nature. This is because my hobbies and my work go hand-in-hand. My need for a creative outlet and productivity COMPLETELY outweighs my social needs. I am an introvert. This is a thing.

For example, working non-stop for three days with approximately 4-6 hours of sleep per night is less exhausting to me than 8 hours of constant human interaction with acquaintances. My closest friends, the ones I spend HOURS talking to, are all creative like-minded crazies who will discuss the epic nuances of the cinematography of the show, Hannibal, for hours on end. (This may or may not have happened last night . . . after a few hours of co-working.)

Extroverts have the opposite problem. They burn out without social interaction, and there is nothing wrong with that.

Basically, I just really want everyone to accept what they are and what they are not and own their own process. There’s nothing wrong with not being able to prioritize work. There’s nothing wrong with prioritizing work. But neither party should ever feel like they owe an explanation or apology for their progress/life choices. Your success shouldn’t be measured by the person next to you, but based on your specific goals/aspirations.

Till next time,

Bree

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