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Find Balance As A Writer

Updated on April 25, 2014

Where to Begin

Well, let’s begin at the beginning, shall we?

You are a writer! As a writer, you must write. If you are to gain any satisfaction from writing then you must write. If you are to make any money from writing then you must write.

Pretty simple, right?

Not necessarily!

I can’t tell you the number of emails and comments I have received from writers who have a difficult time balancing their lives and thus do not find time to write….but they somehow find three hours daily to spend on Facebook.

How can you be a writer if you do not write? If you can answer that question to my satisfaction then you will be the first to do so.

But hold on, Nellie! I can hear some of you saying, “But we need to also promote, and work, and spend time with our families, so it’s not as easy as you make it sound, Bill.”

True words….it is not easy….but it is crucial, if you are to attain anything in writing, that you manage to find balance.

I know one writer in particular (me) who was writing twelve hours each day to the exclusion of all else. Can you say crazy?

Let’s take a look at the entire picture and then maybe we can work on this problem a little better.

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The Many Duties of a Writer

I don’t know your situation, so it is impossible for me to tailor this article for you alone. However, I can list some of the things a typical writer faces during any given day. Chances are most of these activities and challenges will apply to you.

  • Must find time to write
  • Must find time for household chores
  • Must find time for family and friends
  • Must find time for marketing your writing
  • Must find time to eat and sleep
  • Must find time to research

If I missed any then I apologize, but I think the six mentioned above pretty much cover most of the obstacles a writer faces daily.

Now doing all of that is hard enough if you have twelve hours per day to dedicate to it, but what if you have a full-time job? And what if you have young kids? And what if you are the primary caretaker of your aging parents? And what if? And what if? And what if?

See the problem?

The good news for you all is that it is possible. The bad news is that it requires discipline and a dedication to your craft.

Look at Your Schedule

What’s that you say? You don’t have a schedule? Well we just discovered your first problem.

If you are going to get serious about your writing career then you need a schedule.

Literally sit down with a 24-hour schedule and pencil in how much time for sleep, how much time for family, how much time for marketing, and how much time for writing….and then….

Stick to your schedule!

Good writers write!

Bad writers make excuses!

If you can only write for one hour per day then great, but make sure that one hour is sacred and is not compromised.

If you want writing to make you money then you need to not only write but promote that writing daily, and that cannot be compromised either.

Make up your mind today what it is you want from your writing, and then commit to achieving that….and stop making excuses.

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Do Not Borrow from Peter to Pay Paul

This is another common comment that I hear.

“I spent so much time on Facebook today that I ran out of time to write.”

Well shame on you. If you had a schedule and some willpower then that wouldn’t have happened now would it?

Or how about this classic remark:

“I overslept and it’s noon now, and I don’t have time to write.”

Well then buy a damned alarm clock and quit making excuses!

Or how about this one that I hear quite often:

“Friends came over and they dragged me out for a couple of beers and whoops, I guess I won’t be writing today.”

Well then treat your writing like a business and make sure your friends understand that fact…and quit making excuses!

Do you get the point yet?

This Is Purely Subjective

Listen….my priorities are different from yours. I get that. The fact that I write eight hours each day and market for two hours will most likely not work for you. Only you can decide how important writing is to you and how much time you want to devote to it.

And that’s fine….but…..quit making excuses!

If you have visions of being successful in the writing business then you need to give it the time it deserves. Otherwise, you are just one of millions of writer-wannabes who spend all their time dreaming and no time actually working towards their dream.

If you are a writer who just writes for your own enjoyment, then make time for that enjoyment. Don’t you think you are worth it?

Whatever your particular situation is, make it work for you if writing is important to you.

The Bottom Line

Writers write!

And I am assuming that you have read this article because you are a writer, or you want to be a writer….so…..

Find the time to write! Find the time to promote! Find the time to research and query for writing jobs and yes, find the time to interact with family and friends and oh, don’t forget to eat and sleep sometime during the day.

Find balance!

And Always Remain Fluid

Times change. I know they do for this writer. As I come to the end of my final edit on my new novel, “Resurrecting Tobias,” I find I need to change my priorities. More time will be needed for marketing and promotion of my book, which means less time writing articles. I only have ten hours each day to devote to my writing business, so I’ll have to spend less time on some things and more time on others.

And that is how it should be!

So always be willing to shift your priorities to an aspect of your writing that needs more attention. In other words, go with the flow of life.

Take time to enjoy life and your writing will prosper
Take time to enjoy life and your writing will prosper | Source

And Always Remember to Take Time Just for You

I almost burned out a year ago. I was writing too much and I was slowly losing my love for it. I had a decision to make, and I am thankful for loved ones who helped me realize that fact and I was able to make adjustments. I realized that man does not live by writing alone. I needed down time. I needed a walk in the woods. I needed more time spent working in the garden and just allowing my brain to unwind and relax.

And that made all the difference in the world for my writing career.

You need to do that as well. I am quite certain that your life is hectic, but never allow it to be so hectic that you lose your enjoyment of writing.

That would truly be a shame.

Remember that writers write. Just don’t go crazy over it.

2014 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      Bill, you know this is something I am still totally working on and feel you said a mouthful here about the key word, "Balance". It is so crucial for us writers and yet many times so elusive. But do appreciate your take on it and definitely trying my best where this is concerned. Happy Friday now!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, with two little ones, I would imagine this balance thing would be quite challenging for you...and yet you accomplish it most times. Well done to you my friend, and thank you!

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Taking time to enjoy the things you enjoyed before becoming a write is the best advice I've heard in a while. I found myself letting my yard go, I wasn't reading as much and everything was surrounded around building my business and the knowledge required to do so in today's environment. Losing or neglecting yourself is a sure-fire way to become resentful or at the very least, less than inspired. We need to remember that writing is a part of who we are - certainly not all we are!

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      Donna Brown 3 years ago from Alton, Missouri

      Whenever I find myself overloaded with too many things to do, I allot myself at least 15 minutes doing whatever. It may not all get done today, but at least I find that I can make at least some progress in that area. It is amazing how much I can finish in 15 minutes focused on one thing.

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      Michele Kelsey 3 years ago from Edmond, Oklahoma

      You didn't write this with me in mind did you? Lol. Just kidding. Great article. I found it very motivating and am trying to follow your suggestions on how much time to spend writing. As always, thank you for sharing your wisdom. Michele Kelsey

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, the best thing I did was start taking weekends off from writing. When I come back on Monday I am overflowing with ideas and vitality....I would suggest it to all writers.

      Thanks for your thoughts and have a great weekend dear friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very true, Donna! I will take those fifteen minute breaks and walk through the garden or do a chore that needs doing. Anything that takes us away from the grind of writing.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michele no, I wasn't thinking of you in particular, but I'm sure the proverbial shoe fits. LOL Congratulations on your marriage....and thank you.

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Wise words of wisdom. I write when I can fit it in and for the moment that will have to do. I hardly go on Facebook and watch TV for about an hour and a half after 10pm at night. Life is just busy.

      I want to write for a living but right now I need to work in the corporate world to pay those dreaded bills.

      I have started the novel and I have tried to write on here when I can... which is still a tad infrequently. :) Interestingly if I write about writing or fictional stories I can do it very quickly but poetry takes me way longer even though it is much, much shorter!

      In essence I am creeping towards the writing life. All the while liking and reading your sound advice. :)

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      breakfastpop 3 years ago

      I agree with everything you said. I struggle with getting this balance, but I just keep trying. Everyday is a new chance to get it right! Voted up, awesome, interesting and useful.

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 3 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Ok, ok, ok I hear you! Thanks! I needed this!

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      Rebecca Furtado 3 years ago from Anderson, Indiana

      Love this. Not up to eight hours writing and of which two are promoting! I have no idea about promotion. You forgot one very important piece of Advice. Writers read. You must read, to write. I get lazy on this one too. Thanks for this great hub.

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      I have to agree. If we keep complaining that we have no time to write, then we'd have to ask ourselves why that is.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anna, creeping towards it is much better than moving in reverse or doing nothing. Well done! I understand about paying those dreaded bills, and it took me a few years to get into position to write full-time. You'll make it one day my friend.

      Thank you and have a wonderful weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very true, breakfastpop...we get a new chance daily. Carry on my friend and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria, it was a gentle push with love. :) Have a wonderful weekend my friend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for mentioning that, Rebecca, and you are correct. I read an hour each night at the end of my day, and I know for a fact it has made me a better writer. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michelle, I don't want to look back on my life and say "what if"....now is the time!

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      Liz Davis 3 years ago from Hudson, FL

      I'm glad you're not so hard on yourself anymore for taking breaks. I, on the other hand, need to be a bit harder on myself!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzy, maybe between the two of us we can find a happy medium. :) Have a great weekend, hon, and thanks.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dear Abby,

      Ooops I meant Billy........

      I am having trouble finding time to garden. But I think I have my boy interested in it so it is becoming some great "we" time. I will have to find something else to complain about -- please help!!

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Bill, I don't make excuses, I have a set time to write. It is late evening and night after Hubby goes to sleep, that is my time to do what I enjoy.

      My problem is thinking about all the chores of the day, and the thoughts creep into "my time" that is what I have to fix.

      This is a wonderful article I really enjoyed it.

      Shyron

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      Richard Parr 3 years ago from Oz

      Got it, 'writers write'. So why am I reading your hub?

      Love this tell-it-as-it-is article. Spades a spade, ditherers are ditherers and writer write. Amen

      Voted up and quotable.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, I'm willing to bet, if you really set your mind to it, that you can find something to complain about all by yourself...but don't try to hard. :) Thanks for the laugh, buddy!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Shyron. You took the big step and set aside time to write. That's a step many writer-wannabees do not take. Carry on my friend and thank you.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Parrster, you are reading my hub because I am so darned charming? No? Well, I don't know then. LOL

      Have a great weekend!

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 3 years ago

      Thanks Bill!

      You are so right that we need to have balance and not make excuses for not writing. I am still trying to work in the promotion part. But you will hear no excuses from me. :-) A great and useful read! Shared, tweet and Up she goes. :-)

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great hub and so interesting a writer needs balance in daily activities.

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 3 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      HubPages has a great community and you Bill encourage us more than the staff team. They have come up with so many requirements, that kind of cut off inspiration here. Actually I have been around reading some hubs, that with all honesty, I can't understand how are they featured. Sorry, I am not trying to offend. I just don't get these rules.

      Your push made me start a hub, and as I was writing internet made its spooky movements, So, I kept writing in Word...look what I just observed from the same amount of words of the first capsule:

      Microsoft Word= 160, Capsule count= 153, Need some goal= 149

      It frustrates...I am not complaining not to write, but I wonder what is it with HubPages...Do they or don't they want some of us here?

      Inspiration + Not featured = Doesn't do it.

      Huggggssss Billy, thanks for being there for us unconditionally

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

      I find the time between folding laundry, changing the babies diapers, but mostly on my breaks at work. Hopefully I will not be fired and sometimes my wife is less than pleased. Thank you Bill for a great hub. Jamie

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 3 years ago

      This is great, Billy. So true, I know a lot of people who say "I don't have time for (fill in the blank of what they wish they could do)" but they're always on FB and message boards and texting. :-O

      I have the opposite problem-- I get so busy writing for clients, and trying to get in my personal writing, sometimes I forget to make time for other things and they pile up. I struggle with balance. Thanks for sharing, these are great tips.

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      Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 3 years ago from New York, NY

      This is another "hit," Bill. Finding the balance is important in everything. Love your emphasis on "making excuses." It's funny what people make time for in their life. They make the same excuses for not getting an education, not spending time with family - the list goes on and begins with "I don't have time." Guess what? We all have the same 24 hours in a day. If it's important, make the time. Totally agree with making out a schedule! My day starts at 6 a.m. and I'm done by 3 or 4. Of course, you know that my work is writing - books, articles, legal docs for my clients, etc. If I want to work overtime, then I do, but I won't work overtime everyday - we all need time to recharge the batteries. Thanks again for another great hub!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      spot on Bill! I also schedule in my students each day and my practicing--as well as rehearsals and performances--in that way, poetry suits me--I carry a notebook with me always

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      William Kovacic 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      "Bad writers make excuses!" I like that. For me that sums up the whole article. Someone once told me, "You will do exactly what you want to do." If we want to write, we will. It's really that simple, so maybe we ought to quit playing games and decide what we really want - then go after it. Thanks Bill.

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      Michael-Milec 3 years ago

      Hello Bill.

      Priceless; beyond valuation.(After I find more appropriate words for comments these are to be replaced.)Recently in your reply to a commentator you have said something like those who do not agree with you in everything are your true friends. Doesn't bother me at all. . . Besides if "misslong123" would not write "You didn't write this with me in mind did you?"- my mind wouldn't be changed that is me only suspect. Actually these "assumptions" of you about "us" are very serious matter coming either from your own experience or you are getting them from the higher places, since they are absolutely helpful. ( Concerning your six listed challenges, few are still missing.) So, go ahed throwing more stones at me , just please let some fly around to speed up heeling existing hurts.

      Now you know that I have "read this article because…"

      Useful and interesting.

      Have a blessed weekend my f r i e n d .

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Oh, Bill, my schedule is all over the place! I'm still working on balancing work, home and yard chores, and time with family and friends. I really need to schedule 8 hours per day where I just work on my teaching and the rest of the time on writing. I used to write and research almost around the clock trying to get something going. Now I'm depending too much on teaching (which isn't always enough to pay the bills) when I need to be expanding other avenues for income. Oh, that elusive schedule! Nice reminder here.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Jo and no, I don't remember you making excuses as long as I have followed you. Thanks for leading by example.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DDE, writer or not, we all need balance, yes? Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria, loyalty means everything to me. I will always support you and my other friends, and I really don't think much about HP. They live in their own little myopic world and I try not to let them bother me. Carry on my friend.

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jamie, if you can squeeze in an article while folding laundry, you are a better writer than I am. LOL Thanks and good luck with those sheets.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wiccan, I just can't find enough time in the day. Too many ideas, too much drive, and not enough time....so then I have to slow down my mind and just accept things the way they are. Best wishes to you and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      lawdoctorlee, you made the perfect point...finding balance is important in everything. You are a lawyer and a very busy person, and yet you find time to write articles and I believe you have a daughter and I'm sure she has never felt abandoned by you....so well done and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audrey, the people that understand this do it daily without even thinking of it. Busy is no excuse for not writing, as you well know. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      lifegate, I really have a low tolerance for excuse-makers. I can only listen to so much whining and then I'm outta there! LOL Thanks for stopping by my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael, I always smile when I read your comments. Right on my friend. Can you tell that I don't have much patience with excuses? I don't mean it in a mean way, nor am I talking about anyone in particular. I just think life is too short, and we really need to stop convincing ourselves that we can't do something and just do it!

      Have a wonderful weekend my friend

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vicki, those are tough problems you have, and craziness does not help when rational schedule making is needed (not that you are crazy but often the environment you are in might be).....so good luck to you on that schedule. You are such a good writer. It's a shame you can't write more.

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks for saying that, Bill. Maybe in time I can write more.

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      sheilamyers 3 years ago

      Great advice! I know there are times I push aside my writing schedule, but most of the time I stick to it. For HP, I've been writing one article a week. I'm working on a novel and that gets at least two hours a night. Now that I've read your excellent hubs on marketing, when I get the novel completed, I'll spend at last that two hours I use for writing now to do some marketing and research.

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      MizBejabbers 3 years ago

      Friend Bill, good pep talk, and I’m sure you’ve inspired some aspiring writers. “Bad writers make excuses.” Maybe they shouldn’t be writing at all. As far as those who spend 3 or 4 hours a day writing drivel on Facebook or watching Alligator wrestling on TV, if you are one of those and can’t find time to write, you are hopeless, and our friend Bill is wasting his breath. There, I said it for you, Bill. I do have sympathy for the ones who have family problems or who are already working a long grueling week that takes the wind out of them.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I hope so, Vicki! Have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sheila, if you stay with that schedule you'll be all right. Two hours of marketing is more than enough if targeted properly. Best wishes my friend and enjoy this spring weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Miz B, you and I will always get along. LOL You speak my language my friend. I have no tolerance with excuse-makers....that probably shows, right?

      Have a wonderful weekend and thank you!

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      Denise W Anderson 3 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      I had to give myself this conversation about a month ago. I hadn't written for three months. I thought that I was too busy with work responsibilities. Then life happened, and with the passing of my mother-in-law, I realized that no matter what happens, I need to write! I determined that I could sandwich my writing in between my work responsibilities. As I did so, I became more productive in both my writing and my work! You are right, Bill, as always!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Bill, that's me told then! :) Of course you're right as always, I need to organise and prioritise a lot more, but I'm getting there with your support and encouragement. This is as motivating and inspirational as we've come to expect from you. Have a wonderful weekend my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Denise, it was wonderful to see a new article from you today. Well done my friend. It's good to have you back.

      Have a wonderful weekend and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, it is not always easy, but it is definitely worthwhile if one loves writing. Feed that passion my friend, and have a great weekend.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Now you know why i an no longer a facebook member. Too much time spent with silly stuff like the ones who were playing the farm game, sooo many requests for hay, hogs you name it, they needed it. Great article Bill...

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL....Ruby, I know exactly what you are talking about. I actually played that stupid game for about six months until I realized how much time it was taking away from actually.....living. :) Have a great weekend, Ruby, and thank you!

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      William Leverne Smith 3 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Right on target, again, of course. Great reminders, no matter who you are, if you are a writer... as you pointed out, several times, very clearly! Thanks, again, for sharing your successful approaches!! ;-)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DrBill, it is always a pleasure. Thank you, Sir, and enjoy your weekend.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Noon! What, who ... does that and gives it as an excuse as to why they don't write, if they are a writer LOL ? I can't wrap my mind around that scenario! I am always amazed at just how much of life is wasted doing such things that matter not in the grand scheme of this life or worse, doing nothing worthwhile. Time management is key no doubt. It seems like those who do not "have" to get up and get going, just do not?

      Yes, you stated two truths here ... we all have our priorities in this life and then we must balance it all out starting out with the top priority, whatever that may be.

      There is that necessary and healthy downtime to refresh and renew our minds and bodies to start again.

      Blessings for a wonderful weekend of taking time out to enjoy this life... I will be celebrating the life of one of my granddaughters who turned four : )

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      Nellieanna Hay 3 years ago from TEXAS

      Great hub, but "hold on, Billy!" . . . .Nellie

      Just teasing. Couldn't resist it. However, so many excuses begin with the word 'but', don't they?

      There really are many 'bottomless pits' for using up one's valuable time and from those, there is no recovery of that time. The prioritization of time is a vital responsibility of a grown-up person. "Balance" is, indeed, the keyword!

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      Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. This is great advice for life in general. We all have to find balance in our lives whether you are a writer or any other profession. Have a great weekend.

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Bill,

      Great advice. I am a big believer in the power of following a schedule. I am also a maker of lists and like it when I have organization.

      Wishing you great success. It must feel pretty darn good to have achieved what you have achieved. Thank you for your willingness to help others such as myself with our own personal writing journeys.

      Kim

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, give that granddaughter a hug for me and enjoy that precious time. Those are the times that really count my friend...the rest is just fluff in life.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nellieanna, thanks for the laugh. Yes, excuses usually begin with 'but' and they drive me crazy, as you no doubt could surmise. LOL

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very true, Bill, and I'm about to practice what I preach and get off of the computer and enjoy the weekend. You do the same my friend and I'll catch you next week.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kim, thank you, and it does feel good, but I'm never quite satisfied, and that is a cross I have to carry and learn to live with. Something drives me to keep trying to excel....and so we listen to the beat and move our feet to the rhythm, and hope we find balance somewhere down the line. :) Have a great weekend.

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      Nellieanna Hay 3 years ago from TEXAS

      Indubitably, Bill!

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      Cecile Portilla 3 years ago from West Orange, New Jersey

      Great advice as usual billybuc. If we don't find the time to write then we might as well stop calling ourselves writers. Voted up!

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Wise words as always, bill, wise words. Discipline and scheduling apply to so many aspects of life so the same goes for writing.

      I have a casual approach to my writing because I can afford that casual approach. I try to encourage my granddaughter to write because I want her to explore all avenues of work and life.

      Your advice always hits the nail on the thumb, so to speak; it might hurt but it teaches us a lesson. Brilliant stuff; have a great evening, bill! Ann

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      It's all about prodigies and self-discipline. A good message here. Even writers can burn out. I think it shows up not only in productivity but also tone.

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      Muhammad Rafiq 3 years ago from Pakistan

      Great tips Bill for a novice writer! This hub dwells upon an essential problem that every writer is confronted with. I agree with you Bill that we must adjust our time in such a way that we may be able to carry on writing along with social and recreational activities.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great word, Nellieanna!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cecile, I couldn't agree more. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, that is a great altered-cliche, and perfect for this situation. Thanks for the smile, the read, and the comment.

      Enjoy the heck out of your weekend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I agree, Flourish, and I'm sure glad I avoided it a year ago. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rafiq, without that balance we are destined to fail, not only at writing but at life. Carry on my friend and thank you!

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks for once again sharing great advice, Bill!

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      So true we cannot live by writing alone, we need to take time out and enjoy live. Striking the right balance is difficult but not impossible. Great hub.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, vkwok, and you are very welcome.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, Vellur! I'm still looking for that balance but I'm getting closer to it.

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      “How can you be a writer if you do not write?” That pretty much sums it up. I am one of those writers who sometimes faces challenges in finding that private time alone. It’s when we go into that “trance” where any interruption can be frustrating. It is not always easy to explain to our family and loved ones that the door is closed when we write, and that privacy is sacrosanct. I am not a Facebook junkie, and I do not spend hours tweeting or twittering (is that what it’s called?). (Technology inserts itself into our private lives enough of the time.) Yet finding that delicate and sometimes elusive balance in our lives is crucial, or what truly matters in our lives can be lost. I always learn so much from your hubs, Bill. Thank you! :-)

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi Billy, I totally agree with you, I make excuses all the time, but really need to put my fingers on those keys! I have taken a break for a few days, not been too well, but back now, and hopefully I can start writing again with a bit more enthusiasm! lol!

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      Donna Caprio Quinlan 3 years ago from Newburyport, MA

      I guess I never thought about a writer not writing! Time blocking is a great way to fit priorities into a day, but sticking to the schedule is the key. It sounds like you are very disciplined. I have started writing at least fifteen minutes when I first wake up in the morning, and most days an hour, that way if it is a busy work day, I have gotten some writing done.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Genna, thank you! I am in a fortunate situation and for the most part have that sacred time to myself for fixed hours and a fixed schedule. My writing is almost as important to Bev as it is for me, so I am a lucky man.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nell, I think being sick is a valid excuse. :) I hope you are feeling better and of course, I greatly appreciate you stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Donna, I am disciplined for sure. I've always been that way. Writing is a passion for me but it is also a job, and as such I need to show up to work each day if I expect to be paid. :) Thanks for your thoughts.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Finding balance as a writer is an important task and one that I struggle with. Thanks for the helpful suggestions, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alicia, a great many writers struggle with this, including yours truly. Thank you!

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      Ann1Az2 3 years ago from Orange, Texas

      I think you inadvertently chastised me because I haven't written anything in awhile. Trouble is, I can't think of any really good excuse why I haven't! This was a wake-up call. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...Ann, I would never do that on purpose, but if this helped I'm happy. Thank you for the smile.

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      Larry Rankin 3 years ago from Oklahoma

      Good stuff. My problem is that when I work a non-writing job, it pays the bills, but I don't have the energy or mental dexterity to do much writing when I get home. When I take on writing as a job, I usually work 50-70 hours a week but can't seem to pay the bills:)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Larry, you are speaking the universal language of writers. :)

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Well I don't spend loads of time on facebook, but life, especially near the end of a school year gets busy for me. I can always tell when I need to write a new hub, I start getting itchy to write. The hitch with most of what I write is that I have to make it too, so it takes me a little longer. Well said though Bill, I definitely think if I was more scheduled and dedicated, I would write more.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, it is tough when you have another life outside of writing. I'm lucky in that I can dedicate all my working time just to writing. Thanks for your thoughts.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I know exactly what you mean. It is VERY easy to burn out. Scheduling is the top priority.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Exactly, Deb. I would burn out if I did not pay strict attention to my schedule. Thanks for your thoughts.

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