I have tried and tried to come up with a witty first line for this blog post, but I’ve just added 2,500 words to my current Creepy Faces manuscript, so my brain has kind of transformed into an oatmeal-like goo. In light of that, this is my bland yet informative opening line:
I’m ever so honored to be the featured speaker at this year’s Birmingham Local Authors Expo in Birmingham, Alabama, on Saturday, February 1 at 10:00 am.
Seriously though, I am SUPER excited about this, and I’m pretty freaking pumped about the topic they asked me to speak about: How to write while having a life.
Because let’s face it, with all the things we do–jobs, families, housework, laundry (the LAUNDRY, MY WORD), meal planning, grocery shopping, car maintenance, pet care, yard work–finding a realistic way to include writing time is QUITE THE TRICK INDEED.
Now, I’ve got a few methods for working in some writing time here and there; I often write after school but before I pick up my kids, and sometimes–like today–I manage to grab a whole afternoon at Panera.
But I’d love to open up the comments to all of YOU, Grasshoppers, because I’ve got a feeling your methods are different than mine, and maybe you’ve even got a really snazzy little tip for others who struggle with balancing writing and life.
So if you’re a writer–even if you’re just dabbling–would you mind leaving me a comment and telling me when/where/how you write? How do you feel about the balance between your writing life and the rest of your life? Do you think anything needs to change, and if so, how do you plan to change it?
And just so we’re totally clear, if you do leave a comment, I’ll assume you’re giving me permission to use it as an example in my presentation. I won’t use names, but I’d love to mention some of your methods.
THANK YOU in advance, and if you’re in the Birmingham area on February 1, I’d love to see you at the Expo.
Happy commenting! I can’t wait to see how you write!