How to Balance Writing With a Full-Time Job?
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Do you dream of a day when you can simply write from morning till night? Yes, you can’t deny it as it is a dream of every author. But your job is equally important and quitting your job may not be an option. Well, you can still fulfill your dream of becoming an author if you adopt some simple strategies.
Choose your most comfortable time for writing
Popular Indian confessional poet and author Kamala Das once shared that she used to write the whole night to avoid any distraction from her kids and husband. Her story inspires us to take some time out of our day to write, no matter how busy we are. As an author, only you can decide the most comfortable time for your writing. Whether it is the morning breeze or the drop-dead silence of the night, what invokes the writer in you? Only you can answer this question and implement changes accordingly in your writing schedule.
Learn to prioritize and sacrifice
To juggle skilfully between your passion and job it is necessary to enlist your priorities daily. You have to figure out what needs to be done on an immediate basis and what you can do later, without disturbing your daily writing routine. You might also need to sacrifice many avoidable things to devote more time to writing. So watching a Netflix series, attending a distant friend’s or relative’s party, or scrolling your phone to check social media handles can be saved for later.
Even a small contribution every day can make a big contribution to your writing project. Just imagine, if you write a single page of your next book every day you can finish writing a 250-page book within a year. On the other hand, if you keep procrastinating, remember that tomorrow never comes.
Prepare a plan and adhere to it
The best way to measure your progress is to prepare a plan and adhere to it. You can prepare a writing calendar allocating time for different stages of your book writing, from deciding the topic, researching, chapter division, writing your manuscript to finalizing the publishing plan. It is obvious to deviate a bit from your plan but getting back to track with little adjustments in your routine is doable.