I’ve been reflecting on fellow IWSGer Samantha Bryant’s recent post about how developing a daily writing habit was a game changer for her writing career, and reassessing my own progress as a writer. My writing life is moving into a new phase at the same time that the other parts of my life have also been moving into a different phase, and I feel like I am losing my balance. I am still adjusting to the fact that my children have flown the nest and I have gone back to work outside the home.
One of the things that I’ve noticed about writing while also working a full-time job is how much more self-disciplined I have had to be. When I took this job, I vowed to not let it short circuit my writing career. If that meant getting up at 4:00 to write for a few hours, then I would do that. And I have. I have maintained a steady forward motion with my works-in-progress. That doesn’t mean my writing career has not been affected. To extend the metaphor of the quote at the top of this post, my writing career has developed a distinct wobble. I have completely lost my grip on social media. I’m not keeping up with my blog very well. I’ve disappeared from Twitter and Facebook for weeks at a time. I completely dropped the ball in marketing my latest book because I didn’t have the energy to do it. Social media feels like a long steep hill at the end of each day.
When I was a stay-at-home mom, I wrote in the morning and did social media/marketing in the afternoon. Now, I write early in the morning and collapse on the couch when I get home in the evening. My brain hurts by 5:00 and I can barely form a sentence, nevermind say something pithy on Twitter. I am toying with the idea of reducing my social media involvement to maybe one outlet. I’m not sure if I should continue to maintain this blog or put more energy into developing relationships on Facebook or Twitter. I do know I can do everything and expect to do anything well. I don’t know if I need to find a bike path with fewer hills or if I simply need to shift into a different gear.
Since this is Insecure Writer Support Group day, I thought I would put it out there. How do you balance the writing and social media parts of a writing career with a full-time job?
Today’s post is part of the Insecure Writers Support Group. The purpose of the group is to share and encourage each other to express our doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds, so consider joining the group.