With the changing of the season and the start of a new month, I’m feeling the need to get back to work. The idea for my next book (another NA contemporary romance) has been floating around in the back of my mind for months, the story filling in here and there, the characters showing their personalities and endearing quirks, little snippets of conversations playing in my head. Yup, I’m starting to hear voices. ;-) Which means it’s time to get writing.
This also means it’s time, once again, to figure out how to balance my writing with my life. Not an easy feat for me, and one that I haven’t been particularly successful at in the past, if I’m going to be completely honest. Problem is, once I get sucked into a book, my mind gets tunnel vision and it’s all I ever think about. All day long. Every day. Which makes me not the best mom during those times.
I’ve gotten better with each book. (At least, I think I have. I HOPE I have.) But it’s still a struggle. It’s still a juggling act I’m trying to figure out how to do, even as I drop ball after ball. But I stubbornly keep at it because writing is important to me. It feeds my creative soul, sates my thirst to Make.
And complicates the hell out of my life, challenging me to find balance. But this IS life, right? Seeking balance, tipping one way and then the other as you figure things out for yourself, as you find what works for YOU because it’s never exactly the same as what works for someone else. Losing your balance, correcting (sometimes over-correcting), and getting it back. Even if only for a short while.
It’s a balancing act.