#MondayBlogs-A Writer’s Life for Me

Something I’ve been seeing a lot of lately is the lack of balance in indie authors’ lives. When you’re the one responsible for all creative content, giving direction to the marketing department*, and the chief financial officer, it’s easy to ignore everything else until later.

And that would be…? After the book is written? No. Edited? No. Published? No. Marketed? No….

Here’s the thing. If you’re like me, your work is written in ink, your personal life is in pencil. There’s nothing wrong with it until the personal has been completely erased. Your family wonders if you’ll ever be there for them. Your clothes don’t fit unless they stretch. You’ve not eaten anything resembling real food in who knows how long. Sleep? Sure, in between telemarketers’ calls.

So we all know putting everything but the writing aside is tough. I know for me, I think “Just one more page, one more marketing blog post to read, one more finding a new cover, one more post about the writing, and I’ll be done.

I never am done. Like the laundry, dishes, mowing, and dog walking is never done, so it is with the writing.

What’s the solution? Those who are born organized already know this answer, but for us others, the answer is simple. Ink in your personal tasks as if they were professional. Family deserves ink. Your health deserves a black Sharpie. Carve in stone your sleep times. Eat the veggies and fruits as a snack. Your health and personal life help feed and nurture your professional life. Take good care of one so the other can flourish.

*even if it’s a department of one person

2 thoughts on “#MondayBlogs-A Writer’s Life for Me

  1. Annette

    Ms. Stapleton, where can I find the complete book unavoidable? I read what was downloaded to my tablet, then it ended before the end of the book. A sneak peak if you will. I would greatly appreciate you help in this matter.

    Reply
    1. lauralstapleton Post author

      Hi Annette! I’m thrilled you’re enjoying the Granvilles’ adventures! Unavoidable is the free prequel and a short story. So that’s all there is. It isn’t all to the story, though. What you read was the first four chapters to Undeniable, and it’s a full length book. You’ll find it for sale at the same place you downloaded Unavoidable.

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