This past Saturday was a special day. It wasn’t my birthday, anniversary, or anything like that. I simply did something I haven’t done in a very long time. I spent the entire twenty four hours away from my computer. I didn’t turn it on. I didn’t check my email. I didn’t even write. I’m also pleased to say the topic of writing only came up a few times, so it really was a day off work.
It felt wonderful.
I spent Saturday with my husband. We shopped, ate lunch at one of our favorite restaurants, chatted about everything going on in our lives. We even talked about our plans for the future which is exciting for a couple who have been together as long as we have!
The subject then turned to a close friend. I mentioned she’s been a little out of sorts lately. She seems stressed, and from my vantage point it’s beginning to take its toll. She looks older. She doesn’t laugh nearly as much as she used to. Worse, she complains about everything. And everyone. Although retired for a number of years, she does volunteer work for many organizations. One in particular monopolizes her time. It also makes her feel as if her efforts are for naught. And that she’s being used.
My brilliant, insightful husband said, “At her age she should do what makes her happy.”
The proverbial light bulb flashed on inside my head because his words could very well have been aimed at me.
Since the release of my novel, DEFENDING GLORY, last fall, I have been continually at the keyboard blogging, marketing, and promoting my work. But I’ve done very little writing on the next book.
On Saturday I realized (to paraphrase my husband) that at my age I should be doing what makes me happy!
Does that mean I’ll abandon blogging, marketing and promoting my books? Of course not. I’ve worked too long and hard to become a published author to just let it slide. However, I want to remain a published author and to do that I need to create more stories. So this week I’ll do all of those above things, but I’m also determined to make time for what truly makes me happy. Writing.
I’d love to hear from other authors. How do you maintain a healthy balance between promoting your work and making time for new writing?