I don’t know about other writers, but for me my greatest challenge is discipline. By that I mean too much discipline. I tend to start writing immediately after I have a morning Bible study. If I don’t start writing immediately I feel like I am wasting my day. I also tend to get pretty grumpy when I am interrupted.
I try and remind myself, sometimes hourly, this is something I am supposed to enjoy. I know when I am feeling happy and “in the zone” I do my best writing. I normally find myself with lots of rewrites and edits when I treat writing like another day at the office.
I am still learning to balance my work and my free time. We all have deadlines and commitments. However, writing is not a 9-5 job. In fact, I am finding it progresses throughout the day and across the week. Even when I say I am going to take a day off I have a scene or thought pop into my head, and the next thing I know I’m in front of the keyboard. This is true whether I am writing for my books or this blog.
My goal is to complete four books in the first year, including my free book. It’s an aggressive schedule, and it is not based solely on generating income. These are stories that roll around in my head on a daily basis. Writing about them, bringing them into the light, is an adventure I can’t wait to take and share with others. The trick is to make the journey while not neglecting this thing we call reality.