Taking a Break

We authors aren't allowed to be just writers these days. We have to learn to be savvy in social media, marketing, building a platform, getting an agent or publisher, etc., etc. It can get overwhelming, and sometimes we find ourselves so busy doing the non-writing things, we don't have any time left to write!

Right now I have several writing projects waiting, and my health problems are flaring up, meaning trips to doctors and medication changes and needing more rest. All those things take time. Sometimes life just doesn't go as smoothly as we like, and our ideal schedule doesn't work.

If you came to me with the above scenario, I would recommend that you step back, look over the things you spend time on, and see what can be cut for a season to focus on what is most important. Can you take a break from blogging for awhile, cut back on social media, check your e-mail less, or not accept certain promotional opportunities?

And, as I should practice what I preach, I am currently doing just that. I've recently had several potential promotional event opportunities, both in person and online, that I have (with a cringe) passed by. They might have produced outcome and sold some books, but right now I cannot give my time to them. I need to get healthy again and I need to write and make my deadlines. That has to take priority.

I'm also going to try to check my e-mail and social media accounts less often, and not feel responsible to respond as much. And, since I need to write instead of writing about writing, I'm also going to take a break from this blog for awhile. If writers have questions, I may do a post here and there to answer them so others can benefit as well, but I will place this blog into the category of a useful resource when people come to me with questions rather than a regular required posting each week. Not having that responsibility--to write posts and market them--will free up more time for the priorities I need to have.

We can't do it all, and some seasons we need to taper down to the essentials. There's nothing wrong with that. In fact, like pruning a plant, it can prove very helpful for future growth. Narrowing down priorities helps weed out what feels urgent from what is truly important.

So I shall say goodbye for now, with my best wishes for you and your writing. Feel free to add about a time when you had to step back, and how that went. Was it good? Bad? Ugly?