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Juggling the Pen and the Daily Grind: Practical Tips for Busy Writers



Hello, again bloggers, readers, authors, and hobbyists. This week is again about finding balance in a stressed-out world. As a writer, we all have busy lives, and finding the time to write is what many authors go through because many of us have to work a regular job. Others have careers or are self-employed at home. I have given some ideas to help with burnout and writer's block. So, if you have not read those then take a look at those I have some references that can help you.


This post is for anyone who is a writer and has a lot of responsibilities—especially women who are more prone to doing multiple things. Women are made for that, but we are not robots and it can be hectic trying to juggle writing into that schedule. I have some steps to help with writing and ways to give thoughtful book reviews to help authors. 


1. Prioritize Your Time

The first step in balancing writing and life is to prioritize your time. Determine what tasks are most important to you and allocate your time accordingly. This might mean setting aside specific hours for writing each day or week.

Example:

- 6:00 AM - 7:00 AM: Morning run

- 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM: Breakfast and family time

- 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Writing

- 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM: Lunch break

- 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM: Day job/Other tasks

- 5:00 PM onwards: Personal time


Your schedule will be different if you have a job or are self-employed. You do what fits your schedule. I have a job outside the home so I cannot go on a morning run because I have to be at work supper early.


2. Set Realistic Goals

Setting realistic writing goals can help you stay focused and motivated. These goals should be achievable and measurable. For example, you might aim to write a certain number of words each day or complete a chapter each week.


3. Create a Dedicated Writing Space

Having a dedicated writing space can help you focus and be more productive. This space should be free from distractions and comfortable for you to work in.


4. Take Care of Your Health

Balancing writing and life also means taking care of your physical and mental health. Regular exercise, a healthy diet, and adequate sleep can boost your energy levels and improve your writing productivity.


5. Make Time for Relaxation and Leisure

All work and no play can lead to burnout. It’s important to make time for relaxation and leisure activities that you enjoy. This can help recharge your batteries and keep your creative juices flowing.


6. Seek Support

Don’t hesitate to seek support from family, friends, or a writing community. They can provide encouragement, feedback, and advice, which can be invaluable in your writing journey.




7. Use Technology to Your Advantage

Use writing apps and tools that can help you write more efficiently. For example, voice-to-text software can help you “write” while doing household chores or during your commute.


8. Utilize Small Pockets of Time

You might not have large blocks of time to dedicate to writing, but you can make the most of small pockets of time. This could be during lunch breaks while waiting for an appointment, or even while your children are doing their homework.


9. Delegate and Outsource Tasks

Consider delegating or outsourcing tasks that consume a lot of your time but do not necessarily need your attention. This could be house cleaning, grocery shopping, or even certain administrative tasks related to your writing.


10. Set Boundaries

Make sure your family and colleagues understand your writing time is important. Set boundaries and ask them to respect your writing time.


11. Combine Activities

Consider activities that can be combined with writing. For example, you might be able to discuss your writing with a colleague over lunch or brainstorm ideas while on a walk with your family.


12. Be Flexible

Understand that some days might not go as planned. Be flexible with your schedule and willing to adjust your writing time when necessary.

Remember, the goal is to find a balance that works for you and your unique situation. It might take some trial and error, but with persistence, you can find a way to continue writing while managing your career and family responsibilities. Good luck! 🍀



Writing Thoughtful Book Reviews



This section is about book Reviews. Now I write many book reviews and I give some small details mainly because I do not want to overtell the story. I just give some of my thoughts on a book. Now some reviews are trashy and non-informative. So this section is about how to give fair and constructive reviews for a book.



1. Start with a Brief Summary

Begin your review with a summary of the book. Be careful not to give away any spoilers. This gives potential readers a general idea of what the book is about.


2. Discuss the Characters

Talk about the characters in the book. Are they well-developed and relatable? Do their actions and motivations make sense within the context of the story?


3. Analyze the Plot

Discuss the plot of the book. Is it engaging and well-paced? Are there any plot holes or inconsistencies?


4. Comment on the Writing Style

Consider the author’s writing style. Is it easy to read? Does the author use vivid descriptions and engaging dialogue?


5. Share Your Reaction

Share your reaction to the book. Did you enjoy it? Did it make you feel a certain way? This is where you can let your personality shine through.


6. Consider the Theme

Discuss the themes of the book. What messages or ideas is the author trying to convey? How effectively are these themes explored?


7. Provide a Recommendation

End your review with a recommendation. Would you recommend this book to others? If so, who would you recommend it to?

Remember, a good book review is not just about summarizing the plot, but also analyzing the book’s strengths and weaknesses. It’s about sharing your unique perspective as a reader. Happy reviewing! 📚


Book Club Book Review December 2023: The Ghost at the Table- Suzane Berne



So this month's book club was fun. We had hot chocolate and tea and we had cookies as we discussed this book. This was an interesting read. The book is about two sisters: Francis and Cynthia and their childhood. The main character, Cynthia is telling the story of why she doesn't deal with her relatives. In particular, her father and sister whom tricked her into visiting her for Thanksgiving. Then later on Cynthia takes you back to memory lane as she tells about her neglectful upbringing and her sick mother whom she believed was killed by her father.


Their father was supposed to be put into a nursing home and Cynthia found out that her sister lied about that too. The whole story was lame but it was a story. It didn't have any debt in it and the Mark Twain obsession got on my nerves anyway. I give this book a B but the ghost was basically, dysfunction and family lies that hung above their heads. It was never a literal ghost it was a mental psychological thing.


Balancing writing and life as a busy author is no easy feat, but with careful planning and a few strategic changes, it is certainly achievable. Remember, the key is to find a balance that works for you and aligns with your personal and professional goals.


That's all for this week. Tune in after Christmas for a new blog, BYE!

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