Priorities are probably one of the main challenges you have to deal with when you want to be a writer.
As long as bills have to be paid there is not much space for the creativity as day jobs are usually exhausting and/or boring. And you do not only want to work and write. There is some time needed for eating, sleeping, family, friends, household chores, hobbies…. you name it. And there are also different creative projects.
Mine for 2012 are writing the fantasy novel, produce at least two poetry books via blurb and (since last night) take part in the Ledbury Poetry Competition. I have only taken part once in a poetry competition in Germany and I have not even been considered. Not exactly encouraging this. But well times are a changing :-).
Last night I laid awake and wondered which of all I want to do today as it is my day off work. I want to go on with Zara. I also want to go on reading and learn more to write. I want to create those poetry books. I want to write all my blogs. I want to write the poems for the competition. So many “I wants” and only 24 hours!
I am an emotional person who follows her intuition a lot. It always tells me the right thing and right now it tells me to stick with the poetry for a bit. Seems I process a lot with poetry and I just enjoy writing in metaphors and in shorter pieces. So for today I have decided to dedicate the day to the poetry books and imagining the feeling how it will be to have finished the novel and see it published no matter if with a publishing house or indie. Hopefully that will give me loads of motivation to go on :-).
Priorities help to get organised. Being a creative person is often connected with an image of a slightly crazy person who has chaos around her/him and dedicates their life only to their art. But the reality looks a lot different to many of us. If you have a family, a day job and want to be creative you have to be highly organised to get on with all of it. Unfortunately it is often something that we feel goes against the creativity. That is the inner child who just wants to play and express :-).
The secret is probably to get the balance right: to let the child play and to let the adult do the organisation.
The few times I have managed to do some planning at the beginning of the week or the day has shown me that it is much more effective and productive to work like this. Only if you know what needs doing you can do it. I know it sounds a bit silly as it seems so clear but how much do we practise it?
Besides my projects I have set myself a challenge: To set aside some time per day to organise what needs doing and to set priorities.
What about you? How do you deal with the many projects and chores that are in your life? Do you have a “perfect” recipe to get the balance right? I would love to hear from you 🙂