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! 😊
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.
- 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.
- 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
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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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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