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I’m returning to the regularly scheduled programming after a short break that feels like an eternity. Anyone else?
In the time I was away, I did a lot of things, including getting married (and the stress leading up to that event, especially for an introvert who avoids the spotlight), traveling to Belize, continuing to travel as part of my newish job and celebrating the holidays with my family. Between wedding, work and family, I don’t want to count the number of trips I’ve made back and forth from Austin to Dallas. It would just make me sad. I got back a little over a week ago, and I’m going back next week. See? I can’t talk about it.
Moving on. In the midst of all the of crazy, I also started a new writing project. It’s still in the early stages, about 10,000 words right now, but I’m hoping to reach the 50,000 words by the end of the month. Cross your crossable extremities. I’m using Scrivener for this project, and loving it, but I can help but feel I’m barely skimming the surface on all of the features. I’ll have to work on that.
So it’s the start of a new year, and I’m juggling a lot of things, including being a new wife (what!?), being a homeowner, having a newish job in a very new industry and tackling a big writing projects. And it’s also the time for resolutions. Oh, why not? I clearly have loads of time. Here goes…
1. Finish my writing project.
2. Learn more about writing and publishing.
3. Record all of the books I read throughout the year.
4. Begin renovations on the condo.
5. Learn how to keep the condo clean.
6. Cook more often, and try new recipes.
7. Be open to new friendships.
There you have it. In making this public, I’m subjecting myself to judgement and ridicule. Be kind.
There’s a lot of discussion in the writing world about writing tools. Some people use open source tools like Scribus or Storybook. Other people use Microsoft Word or Google Docs, so they can access their work from any computer. Microsoft Word is rife with problems (and expensive!), and I don’t like the functionality of Google Docs, although it works in a pinch.
For me, it’s Scrivener, because the design just makes sense. I can compile research, work in multiple documents, arrange them on my cork board and eventually compile everything into a standard manuscript format. And if I ever decide to write screen plays or non-fiction, there are formatting options for that too.
Which writing tools do you use?
I recently started a new job, which has me thinking about careers. I’ve always been ambitious and was lucky enough to find a great job in my chosen career field not too long after graduating from college, and again found a great job in a similar field when I moved to Austin. Many of my friends have not been so lucky.
As a deadline-driven person, working in public relations and advertising is a great fit. However, these careers often extend beyond the 40 hour work week. As I continue to pursue this line of career, I am increasingly aware of the need for balance. Balance between work and home. Balance between friends and family. Balance between busy time and down time.
As I commit myself to writing, I need to also find time to write in between all of these other important things. I definitely don’t have it figured out, but I plan to keep working toward the goal of having a successful career and pursuing my dream of becoming a published author at the same time.
As I work through this challenge, I’ll share what does and doesn’t work. Do you have any tips for finding time to write and creating balance in life? If you do, I’d love to hear them. And if you’re still figuring it out like me, I’d love to hear about that too.
Speaking of balance, check out Martin, a fabulous Labradoodle who achieves amazing feats of balance in and around New York City. She has even been featured in the New York Post! I wonder if I can convince Lola to do that?
I am a writer.
At work, I write all day long… press releases, pitches, media alerts, plans, creative briefs, etc.
But at night, on the weekends, and in my head, I’m a real writer. The kind of writer who puts her deepest, most intimate thoughts on paper as a form of self expression and self preservation.
Rumor has it, Stephen King writes ten pages a day. Even on holidays. I’m lucky if I write ten pages a year of my own work, beyond public relations. I aim to change that.
Starting now, I’m making a commitment to the writer within to write for myself, in addition to all of the writing I do for other people.