Life gets out of balance when you try to write 50K in 30 days. The writing is the priority.
If you plan on being a professional writer, you have to keep the rest of your life in balance. While you can take a month per year to only focus on writing, there are other areas of your life that deserve attention.
The trick is to keep your own writing time sacred, your own needs balanced with those who are important. You shouldn’t be a martyr; nor should you expect anyone in your life to martyr themselves for your writing.
Know when to compromise.
And when to stand firm.
And remember: Just because someone claims you are ignoring them or being selfish, doesn’t mean you are. That person might be making unfair demands.
Step back. Take a breath. Look at the big picture.
Make your decisions, and most importantly, take responsibility.
If you don’t write, the only person to blame is yourself. Don’t use anyone else as an excuse.
Come Write In! at the Marstons Mills Public Library, 2160 Main St., Marstons Mills
Tuesdays 11-1, Thursdays 2-4 during November.