Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Creating Balance Before the Burnout.

The Road Not Taken?
Last week, the romance writers got together to learn, celebrate, party, and pump their books. I love going to conference.  It's non-stop for four days - workshops, book signings, meetings, dinners, coffee, agent pitches... An overwhelming experience for an introvert like me.  I just don't love paying out that kind of money when I have no book to pitch to all those lovely editors and agents.

Long story short, I didn't go. Instead I wrote on my last bull rider book where Jesse gets corralled without him even knowing what's happening. I started a new exercise program (and hopefully, as this goes live, I'm still on the program), and I did all the normal, everyday activities like going to the day job, dishes, laundry, and took the car in for two appointments to correct an air bag problem. You know, life.

One of my writer friends sent me an email saying she was writing while at the conference.  Now that's determination. Or bad planning for a deadline. I'm not sure which.

But her admission got me thinking about balance in our lives. Or at least my life. I'm a run-full-force-into-battle girl, then collapse when it's done, not understanding where my energy went.

So I'm turning over a new leaf. One day a week I will not write. I will watch a movie, read a book, or work on a craft project. And more importantly, I will not feel guilty.

I'm feeling antsy just writing this statement. Especially since I'm trying to finish a romance before I start on my last contracted book in my mystery series. I feel like I'm agreeing to give up the drug of my choice. Are there 12-step meetings for people like me?

Hi, I'm Lynn, I'm a writer.

Over to you - what do you do to make sure you don't burn out?

(Commercial time -If you're a romance reader - Crimson Romance has my Bull Rider series on sale until the end of July -$1.99 a book - The Bull Rider's Brother and The Bull Rider's Manager.)


Morgan Mandel said...

I've been feeling very guilty about not getting my edits on Blessing or Curse completed, but time consuming happenings keep getting in my way. Then, when I do have a stretch of time to write, I have to ease into the transition and force my mind to cooperate. Sometimes it's not easy, but I will prevail!

Morgan Mandel

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

I wrote about similar things on my blog today--one thing to remember, you are never bored when your life is full.