Jun 27, 2017

Guest Post: Balancing Writing With a Busy Life by Kellyn Roth @ Reveries + Giveaway!

Hey Book Bloggians! I'm so excited to be a part of the amazing Kellyn Roth's blog tour, celebrating the rerelease and the release of her books, The Dressmaker's Secret and Ivy Introspective! Today she will be talking about Balancing Writing With a Busy Life, which I don't know about you, but this is advice that I definitely need. 😜 But first, a little bit about the author and her books! 😊

Kellyn Roth was born and raised in the country outside a small town in North-Eastern Oregon. Ever since she could talk, she's had a fascination with words, always coming up with songs, poems, and stories. Now a homeschooled highschooler, she spends her spare time penning historical novels, several of which have been published.

The Dressmaker's Secret (The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy, #1)
                                                          Amazon ~ Goodreads

After a revealing conversation with the first children of her age she's ever met, curious eight-year-old Alice Chattoway realizes that one ought to have a father...and she doesn't. Having determined that his absence is making her mother unhappy, Alice resolves to find him and create a family for herself.               

Ivy Introspective  (The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy #2)

Trapped in a world where she doesn’t belong, twelve-year-old Ivy Knight struggles to keep her head above water as her simplicity is brought to light by her new position as a young lady growing up at Pearlbelle Park.

Worried about their daughter’s inability to fit in, Ivy’s parents decide to send her to McCale House, a boarding school in Scotland for boys and girls like her. However, alone and frightened without her beloved mother, sister, and nurse, Ivy can’t seem to focus.

Will Ivy ever learn what Dr. McCale is trying to teach her? Or will she remain lost in her own mind forever?

And now without further ado...Kellyn! 😄

 “I would write, but I’m so busy.” “Life has been so hectic recently.” “I don’t have a spare moment.” “CATS ARE TAKING OVER THE UNIVERSE AAAAH!”
(Heather: I added the gif. 😂)

There are many excuses writers make when they don’t want to write, and the vilest of all is ‘life.’ The problem with this excuse is that … it’s oftentimes not an excuse.
Life really does get in the way of writing. After all, how can you write when you have a full day of school? How can you write when the house needs cleaned? How can you write when you have a job to get to, a diaper to change, a dictator cat to defeat?
Well, it’s simple. You have to make time.
“That may be easy for you to say. You’re a homeschooler who has practically nothing to do but sit around all day and eat chocolate.”
Well, yes, that’d be true, if it wasn’t for the fact that we don’t have any chocolate. And … I admit that even I have a pretty full life. Sure, at the moment I’m on summer vacation, a perk which most adults don’t get and most teens fill to the brim with camps, volunteer work, et cetera. (What can I say? Teens are stupid.)
But I do have stuff to do. I’m volunteering (I know, stupid, stupid, stupid) at a historical landmark in our town. I have parents who keep dragging me off on vacations and shopping trips and stuff. And then there’s church every Sunday, horse-riding lessons (well, eventually ...), Bible study every Wednesday, cleaning and yard work every day, occasional parties and activities with my friends … you get the picture.
“But,” you say, “That’s not a ton. I’m doing three times what you are doing.”
You probably are. This is a pretty chill summer for me. However, you’ve got to make time for writing! You’ve just got to. The world needs your stories - trust me, it really does - and you, quite frankly, need a hobby.
“Was that an insult?”
I … have no idea. But whatever it is, we all agree (or I agree with myself, which is what’s most important) that, even if you have a busy life, you should write.
“But how?!”
Here’s how I do it. With my severely empty life. But it shouldn’t be too different with your crazy-busy lives.
  • Bring a notebook and pen(cil) with you everywhere. And I mean everywhere. If you leave or enter a room without a notebook and writing utensil, that is BAD! Heaven forbid you should leave the house without one! Take it into the shower, too. Even though all the paper will get wet. Trust me. I always get inspired while bathing.
  • Schedule a daily time to write for at least thirty minutes. Ten minutes to warm up, twenty minutes to write. When I’m going good, I can write almost a thousand words in twenty minutes. Some write more, some write less, though the average is in the 500s. Just set the timer and make yourself write. If you can get an hour or so to write every day, then do it … but if you can only write thirty minutes every day, awesome! Even fifteen is better than none.
  • But don’t be stickler for the rules. If you have a three-year-old and that thirty minutes is taken in five minute - or two minute - intervals throughout the day, then so be it. Remember, life comes first! Especially when ‘life’ is a bouncing baby boy or an essay that's due tomorrow. Both are more important than a couple words on paper. (The child more so, though ... and I say this as someone who knows something about child-raising or children or … basically motherhood in general ... this was probably a dumb example for me to make ...)
  • When writer’s block strikes, just write something else. Don’t let yourself stop writing! Because your life is so stinkin’ busy, you can’t waste those minutes of freetime you have made to write. So write something else other than your novel or whatever it is you’re writing. Just open a new document and freewrite. Start a journal. Begin an essay. Never let your fingers stop typing (or … penning). Never.
  • Kill distractions. Unless the distraction is a three-year-old sticking his finger in a light socket (GET UP AND GET HIM AWAY YOU IDIOT!), you need to get rid of those distractions. Ignore the cat approaching you with a chainsaw. Ignore your dog, barking furiously, warning you of the cat approaching with the chainsaw. Ignore the newscaster who claims rabid cats are attacking citizens with chainsaws. Ignore all that. If you must, lock yourself up in the laundry room (or your bedroom). Or just murder everyone with a chainsaw. That’s probably why the cats were going rogue … writing distractions.
But how do you find these thirty minutes? Here are a couple sure-fire ways.
  • Wake up earlier.
  • Stay up later.
  • Stop watching TV.
  • Stop eating.
  • Stop bathing.
  • Stop reading (or at least cut down on your reading-time)
  • Turn off the internet (or delete your email/social media accounts; either one)
  • Blog less, if you’re a blogger (because this has been a problem for me)
  • Generally prioritize
See what happens if you make writing your priority for a few weeks! Or even a few days. Wonderful things could happen.😊

Thanks Kellyn! Wasn't that awesome? (Of course it was😉) I learned that I definitely need to prioritize my writing...aaaannd to develop an irrational fear of cats apparently...

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 Click below to have a chance to win a paperback copy of both The Dressmaker's Secret and Ivy Introspective (US only) or ebooks of both books! (International) 😊
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And please support my awesome fellow young writer by continuing on with the blog tour! Here is the full schedule and links to the other stops! 😃

Tuesday the 20th
-Lana @ The Music of Words (book and character spotlight)

Wednesday the 21st
-Faith Blum @ Bookish Orchestrations (author interview)

Thursday the 22nd
-Leona @ Great Books for God’s Girls (review of IvIn, author interview)

Friday the 23rd
-Jordy @ Jordy Leigh (author interview)
-Tonya @ Literary Musings (reviews of TDS and IvIn)

Saturday the 24th
-May Everly @ Forever and Everly (author interview)
-Zane Jones @ Simple Impossibilities (author interview)

Sunday the 25th
-Dani Eide @ Perspective of a Writer (character interview and spotlight)

Monday the 26th
-Anika Joy @ This Journey Called Life (review of TDS and IvIn)
-Maddy @ Girls Living for God’s Glory (book spotlight)

Tuesday the 27th
-Heather @ Frozen Books Blog (guest post)

Wednesday the 28th
-Jesseca Wheaton @ Whimsical Writings for His Glory (author interview, book spotlight)
-Jaylee Morgan @ Jaylee Morgan Writes (character interview and guest post)
-J.C. Buchanan @ Beyond the Amethyst (review of TDS and IvIn)

Thursday the 29th
-Zielle @ My Homeschool Notebook (review of TDS and IvIn)
-Sarah Briel @ Penumbra Reviews (review of TDS and IvIn, author interview)
-Sel H. @ Hearth (author interview)

Friday the 30th
-Angela R. Watts @ The Peculiar Messenger (author interview)
-Lainey @ Direct My Paths (reviews of TDS, character interview and spotlight)
-Dawn Dagger @ Dawn Dagger’s Official Blog (review of TDS, author interview)

Are you excited about Kellyn's books? I know I am! Will you be following on the rest of the tour? How is your summer going so far? And what do you think of my new title header?

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  1. Ooh, this was a fun post! (Although I'm now a bit terrified of my cat getting ahold of a chainsaw... ;) )

    1. LOL so am I. :P I'm really glad I don't have a cat now.