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There is something I realized while doing the A-Z Challenge. I've discovered a writer's worse enemy. You want to know what it it? It is . . . TIME.
The clock never stops ticking. There's never enough time to write, edit, rewrite, edit some more, create new ideas, tell new ideas to go away, publishing, promoting/marketing, and we might want to spend some time with family and friends along the way. Time is the enemy, but it's one we have to live with.
If you make time for one thing, then time for something else suffers. What is a writer to do?
I can't speak for all of us, but I had to set some priorities. I can't be everywhere and do everything because I just don't have the time.
In writing, I've decided to focus on one project at a time. I have stories I want to self-publish as well as novels to edit in the hopes to submit them to agents/publishers. I definitely have more ideas than time, so the one project at a time will help. In May, my focus is on Pull of Gravity. I plan to take my time writing and editing it to make it the best it can be. When it gets close to time to publish, I'll announce a release date. Then I'll move on to the next project on my list.
In freelance editing, I've decided to not take on new clients for a while, except a couple I've already talked with about editing. I want to do the best for the clients I have and make time for my own work too.
I will make time to read and review books on Surrounded by Books Reviews, but I'm not going to open for more review requests until I'm finished with the review books I have. It's not fair to me or the authors waiting for reviews to take on more than I have the time for.
May is my transition month to a summer blogger schedule. From June through August (at least, although it could be longer if it works out well), I'll be blogging three days a week instead of five. Hopefully it'll give me more time to do other things, like enjoying summer and spending time with my family.
Maybe I'll have some time to relax a bit.
Time doesn't stop, but we can find ways to use our time wisely.
How do you use your time?
Don't forget that Defying Gravity is still free through Friday!