How do YOU do it?

Fellow writers! Today I am interested in time management, and I only have thirty minutes to be interested before I have to go out. How do you do it? I’m in a weird position, just over four years ago I had to give up nursing because I have MS. Now, I manage my symptoms well but this takes a lot of time. For the first two years of retirement, I was inundated with people popping around to visit. Sounds nice? Well, without sounding ungrateful, because I had up to ten visits per week this meant that I didn’t have time to look after myself, or… what I am getting to I didn’t have time to write. Move on to 2018, I am now doing a degree in Creative Writing and have published three books (soon to be four), the people that are in my life now understand and are flexible. But! I am struggling to find the time to write. Reason being, some of my week is spent doing physical therapies, and having allocated rest times. Now, I am the token ‘helper’ and marketing executive of my husband and mine’s woodfired pizza business. Although this has been good, physically, I am finding it hard. I still feel guilty if I am too tired to go to things that I used to do, but I’m too tired to move by 7pm. Or having to say no to people. Sometimes I am convinced that my body will not catch up with my brain, that I have too many ideas and not enough energy. I have thought about going to a specific place to write, such as a cafรฉ or a pub! For now though, while I’m hoping to get finish the next in the series of my next books ‘Curmudgeon Avenue’ I think I will just have to be stricter with my routine. Interested to know how other writers cope with writing/life balance?

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Author: samanthahenthornfindstherightwords

Welcome! Thanks for visiting my author blog. I write every day, I read every day, so we most likely have lots in common! I currently have seven books available on Amazon '1962', 'Piccalilly' 'Quirky Tales to Make Your Day' and the Curmudgeon Avenue series. I live near Manchester UK with my fabulous husband and wonderful, gorgeous grownup daughter, two cats and one dog. I write three types of blog; 1) Fiction written by myself and accompanied by one of my suitable photos or sketches. 2) Ramblings and amusing observations on life. I do not tend to write about anything serious (but admire those that do). 3) NEW! Book reviews. Although my priority is completing my next novel, if I like something I will share it. If I don't have anything nice to say, however, I won't say anything at all. Please see 'contacts' on menu. Sharing is caring, and so is reciprocation!

6 thoughts on “How do YOU do it?”

  1. The guilt of chronic illness is really difficult to get around, but it’s nonsense when you’re trying so hard to keep up. When I was ill, my friends tried to understand what it was like to have to constantly limit myself, but they never got it really.

    As for writing, you’ve done so much in such a short space of time, give yourself a little grace when you’re doing so well! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Or, more practical advice: my way of coping with writing when really exhausted is to adapt the writing to suit what I’m capable of at that time. So if you’re too tired to sit up at a desk, then have a laptop on your knee. Too tired to type, then have a notepad and jot down ideas. Too tired for that, have a list of problems with your writing or details you need to think up, and just sit back and try to imagine solutions. Too tired for that, then give yourself a break because you need it!

    Good luck with it and take care of yourself ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. That’s great! With all that you’re going through with serious illness and then studying on top, you’re an inspiration! Look after yourself ๐Ÿ™‚

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