Getting back into the Swing of Things

So I have a fair in a week. I've been off fairs for almost three weeks which hasn't been bad, because I've been weaving.  I'm still a writer, and balancing the writer and the weaver has proven harder than I thought it would. Not terrible, just different. I tend to focus on a job, finish it then focus on the next job. That, I might add is a wonderful excuse (though it is true) because I've also been putting off writing.

Abandoned Building in Ireland, 2007
Why?

Because I'm still navigating how the next books in Azure's and Orfhlait's series are going to progress. Granted, for Orfhlait, there is a great deal of research needed, but there are also other elements that I'm not certain how they'll play.

Also, I have other books that are finished, but just need some editing for me to submit. I would like to expand a little bit out of the Christian fiction market and into a more mainstream market. It's not unlike the photo above: lots of muck and work, but great potential. The question becomes where do I focus the energy, and how do I make a choice?

Much of it is, like the title of this post, just getting back into the swing of things. It takes discipline to set aside one project to work on another project. I've found that working a schedule set in two to four hour blocks seems to work best for me. The time limits provide enough time to get into a project, but also limits me so I don't waste time. Four hours seems to be the maximum time I can spend focused on one project, and by focused, I mean working on it steadily no matter what the elements include. It doesn't always mean weaving or writing, but sometimes includes elements around those two items.

Other things work best if I have less time allotted to it. Things like cleaning or dishes tend to take less time if I turn them into a challenge: how much can I finish in this amount of time?

The object is just to start. I had a conversation with a couple of friends last week about writing. They asked what it takes to be a writer, and I answered: "If you're waiting for inspiration, you'll never be a writer." It's a true statement. Great art involves talent, yes; but it also requires a great deal of hard work. You have to put in the time to be great at whatever it is you do.

As we transition from one season into another, take the time to incorporate your writing or art into your daily life. You might find that you have more time or less time depending on your schedule, but even putting fifteen to twenty minutes into your craft will help you improve.

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