This week promised to be a busy one from its onset, but as the days progressed I found myself more and more overwhelmed. The dentist appointment and the critique group meeting were already on the agenda, but then came the audio book edits—all fourteen chapters of them. My agent was waiting for the finished proposal for another book that’s being shopped. After that I received the final instructions for the publicity tour I needed to complete. Add the four critiques for my group meeting and you get the idea.
The writing life is busy.
There’s a reason authors are often pictured at a desk cluttered with piles of papers, books, and other materials. Once a book is published the tasks that follow can be time consuming and often come with a deadline. Marketing needs to be addressed on a daily basis. Carving out time in an already full schedule takes creativity. Falling behind is not an option.
Ecclesiastes 9:10 tells us to work steadily and to do our work unto the Lord. “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might.”
In II Timothy 4:7 we are told: “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.”
Now at week’s end, I can look back and see all that I accomplished. When I’m this busy the days speed by like an unstoppable locomotive. Gone are the pipe dreams of the writing life I thought I’d live—lazy afternoons creating crafty prose, coffee breaks, and hours of watching squirrels out the window.
The illusive bubble has been popped.
Writing is hard work. Putting words on paper is not for the faint of heart.
But readers like you make it all worthwhile. I read every review. You make my heart smile. Thank you.