But you still have a deadline looming, your fans are waiting, your muse is bashing away in your head with fantastic scenes you simply must write. And then you are speaking or attending conferences and festivals. No time to have time off. Guilt sets in…
But let’s get some balance here…
1. Nobody can work 365 days of the year. Well, they can, but what a dull person they’d be, and probably an early inhabitant of the graveyard.
2. Set realistic goals; halve your usual target and prepare for that goal to be disrupted as friends visit, children return from university, or neighbours invite you to barbecues every few days.
3. Sales dwindle in the summer, so don’t stress about the sales figures.
4. View your holidays as research trips, if your conscience is bothering you. Not just castles or mosaics, but an opportunity to watch people out of their normal environment or see other environments altogether. And swimming in the warm, salty sea gets you in touch with your tactile side.
5. Snatch time when doing other things to do small writing tasks like looking things up, sending an email to a blogger, drafting a dialogue. Amazing how you can think through a scene while mixing a salad!
6. Work on a little project. I’ve just put together ‘The 500 Word Writing Buddy‘. It’s a compilation of articles from the past three years of my writing and publishing column in The Deux-Sèvres Monthly. I’ve worked on it intermittently over the past month. Now I’ve printed out some paper copies for selling at local fairs and fetes and sold three yesterday! It will be going up on Kindle once I can snatch a half-day to format it for ebook. 😉
So, relax a little while the sun is shining and read a good book or two…
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