Status: 31,000 words out of 100,000
Words added/rewritten this week: 2,500
When I wrote my first five books, I hadn't discovered the wonderful world of Cyberspace. I didn't know a single writer. My days were spent in isolation, crafting stories as fast as I could type them. I could pour forth a 100,000 word manuscript in six to eight weeks.
Since that time, I've crawled out of my cave and welcomed many awesome friends into my life. I now manage a Web site and two blogs, edit for my awesome critique partners, visit blogs, keep up on several loops, reply to email, spend time on Facebook, tweet on Twitter and more.
All of these additions to my life are great, but they take time. Time I used to spend writing.
When I watch my word count grow far slower than it used to, I can get discouraged. But then I remind myself that my life is rich and full these days.
And I look at all I did accomplish.
I don't list everything in my review on a regular basis, but this week I did lots more than work on my story. I . . .
wrote two sets of blog interview questions,
published six blog posts,
packaged several blog drawing prizes,
lined up seven new blog guests,
did a complete makeover of my Web site,
attended my weekly Toastmasters meeting,
read two books as an influencer,
wrote a book review
connected with tonz of terrific people.
I've prayed for balance in my life. I don't feel like I can say I've achieved it, but I'm making progress.
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Do you struggle to add to your word count but find other things taking your time? How do you maintain balance? I'd love to hear your thoughts?