Finding the Balance in our Writing Lives

In anything that we try to take on, we are told that we need to find the balance, such as in the case of work versus play. Think of the old adage, “All work and no play makes John a dull boy.” The same can be said with our writing. In writing, we have to find the balance between reading, writing, planning, and having a life outside of writing. We also need to find the balance of learning new things and taking on new or finding time for our other hobbies.

In my case, it had been a while since I loom knitted and I on Saturday morning, as I was sitting on my bed, I started my day with some loom knitting. So far the current project on one of my round looms is going nicely. Granted, I don’t do it all the time, but every once in a while I have a desire to pick it up and work on it. Does this mean that I’m not going to be writing for a while, heck no! It just means that I need to find the balance in my life to add that desire to loom knit, as well as write, and do everything else that I have in my life right now. This is also the case that we find ourselves in with the holidays.

We have to find the time between the shopping, making time for family and friends, reading and writing. When we find the time to make it all work in a day or even a week, we are much happier to be doing the things that we enjoy, such as writing. We also need to keep this balance in mind when we start editing as well. Granted, what we do with edits may be different from one else’s but we just need to find the balance or the happy middle ground on the writing and the editing. The same can be true when we rewrite as well. This means that as part of the balance that yes we need to kill our little darlings. Do we want to kill them? No, but at the same time, it might be necessary to achieve our end result for what we want in a given project.

When we feel that the balance has shifted, this tends to open up our writing to writer’s block, for we feel that we have so much on our plates or that we are juggling so many things at once. But once you find the balance the writer’s block that comes from being unbalanced should go away. Granted, there are many things that bring on writer’s block but being unbalanced should not be one of them.

I hope that you have a wonderful writing day!

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