I’m a bit of a workaholic. I’ve said it before, but I had good reason. I really did! Breaking into new writing markets isn’t easy, and you pretty much have to pour it on until someone–anyone!–takes notice of you. Sometimes it’s hard to ease back on the throttle, though. There’s a bit of a thrill the adrenaline, you know?
Since my novel-writing is a career, then I have to treat it like a marathon instead of a sprint. I’m going to be doing this for the next 35 years, so I should probably take weekends and evenings off. This is my husband’s logic at least, and while he definitely has a stake in my “off time,” I see his point. However, my biggest challenge is clicking that little X on my Word file and turning things off for the night.
With a fair amount of willpower, a smidgen of exhaustion and a family luring me away from the keyboard, I’ve been doing quite well. I write during my office hours, then shut it down when I pick up my son from school, giving my family my attention for the rest of evening.
There is always a little part of me calling me back to the novel. However, this isn’t the only book I’ll write, but this is the only family I’ll have! A good thing to remember, no?