The Lull in the Storm

sleeping desk personThis post catches me right after I’ve submitted a book to my editor. That means I’m in that quiet little spot of exhaustion after frantically working for the last month to meet my deadline. Of course the book is not done. Of course there will be multiple rounds of edits and changes and tweaks and… But for right this second, I’m basking in the blip of nothingness.

Okay. It’s done.

Yup, that’s how long my breaks seem to last. The days of finishing a book then taking a month off to regenerate my brain are long gone. Now, I’m lucky if I get a few days with only six hours of work to do instead of ten. Am I complaining? Not really. It’s just a shift that comes with publishing more books and adjusting priorities to fit my career.

Now I usually spend the next three days catching up on everything I ignored. Like updating my website, blog posts, promo, social media, etc. I also take the break to set up the promo for my next release, order swag, check contest deadlines, and clean my house. Yeah, the last one is always a necessity after a deadline.

With the increased pressure to produces more books faster, it’s hard to keep up. And I have the luxury of being a fulltime writer. I give major kudos to authors who work fulltime jobs, raise a family and publish more than three novels a year. That’s a serious workload!

I also promised to redo both of my kid’s bedrooms this summer. Yeah, my ten-year-old is still sleeping in his two-year-old decorated room and my eight-year-old has the joy of sleeping with the nursery décor.  (Bad mom on that one.)

My next book is due at the end of October which means I need to get writing on that soon. It’s all part of growing my brand and name and it requires a level of dedication and organization beyond simply writing a book. It’s a career choice and I’m committed to it. But like all jobs, there are days when I’d really love to push the snooze button and call in sick.

relaxed woman


The Lull in the Storm — 2 Comments

  1. I hear you, Lynda. Yesterday I took the day off from writing my current WIP to catch up on on promo stuff, look after some pressing business on the homefront, and to vacuum. That last one was a necessity – the dog hair was piling up. But I felt guilty because I felt like i should have been writing. As you say, if you want to grow your career, you’ve got to keep at it. If this is what I want, I’ve got to put in the time, but I don’t want it to take over my life either. There’s got to be some kind of balance.

  2. Enjoy a little rest, Lynda. You’ve certainly earned it. Meanwhile, I need to get myself in gear because I’d like to revise and finish two books within the next month. I’ll try to follow your focused lead. :-)

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