Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Learning to Juggle

  1. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Let’s begin the Fight
  2. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Rejection – The Ugly Word
  3. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Learning to Juggle
  4. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: To Dump or not to Dump
  5. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Keep the Faith
  6. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Finding Your Identity
  7. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Just for the love of it
  8. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: 5 Step plan for success
  9. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: The Planning Issue
  10. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: The Crossroads
  11. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: The Overwhelming Effect
  12. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: The Waiting Game
  13. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Reflection 2013
  14. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: New Year New Challenges
  15. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Am I a real Writer?
  16. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Taking The Next Step
  17. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Submission Phobia
  18. Setting Self Doubt On Fire: How To Get Ideas
  19. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Dealing with Fear
  20. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: The Only Guarantee
  21. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: The Doubts of others
  22. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Let those positives shine
  23. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: First Draft Blues
  24. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: The Time-wasting issue
  25. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Embrace the bad ideas
  26. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Writer or Author?
  27. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Negative Feedback; the double slap
  28. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Pat yourself on the back
  29. Setting Self Doubt On Fire: The Deflated Eureka Moment
  30. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: The doomed quest for perfection
  31. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Writing Group fears
  32. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: The Horror Tree Crew tackle Mr Self Doubt
  33. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: The Read aloud challenge
  34. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Find your inner belief
  35. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: NaNoWriMo and Self-Doubt
  36. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: We are NaNoWriMo winners
  37. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: New Year’s Resolutions for Writers
  38. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: The benefits of organizing
  39. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: The Editing Strain
  40. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: The Writing Group Experience
  41. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Dealing with second stage fears
  42. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Reading aloud to an audience
  43. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: The Importance of perseverance
  44. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Self-Doubt or Gut Feeling
  45. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Get ready for NaNoEdMo
  46. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: The Benefits of Writing Goals
  47. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Rejection Gets Better
  48. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Writers, take care of yourself!
  49. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: How to Boost Your Self-Confidence
  50. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Why You Should Go to a Writing Festival
  51. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Help! A Publisher has Dropped Me
  52. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: The Setting Self Doubt on Fire Challenge
  53. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: How to Prepare for a Book Reading Event
  54. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: It’s NaNoWriMo and NaNoEdMo Time
  55. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Help! I Didn’t Reach My NaNo Goal
  56. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Let’s Beat Self-Doubt in 2017
  57. WIHM: Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Female Horror Writer and Proud
  58. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Don’t Let Self-Doubt Make You Miss Deadlines
  59. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Hey! Where’s My Book Reading Audience
  60. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: 5 Tips on How to Ignore the Negative Voices
  61. Video Refresh: Rejection – The Ugly Word
  62. Video Refresh: Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Learning to Juggle
  63. Video Refresh: To Dump or not to Dump
  64. Video Refresh: Keep The Faith
  65. Video Refresh: Finding Your Identity
  66. Video Refresh: 5 Step plan for success
  67. Video Refresh: The Planning Issue
  68. Video Refresh: The Crossroads
  69. Video Refresh: The Overwhelming Effect
  70. Video Refresh: The Waiting Game
  71. Video Refresh: Am I A Real Writer?
  72. Video Refresh: Taking The Next Step
  73. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Let’s Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway in 2019
  74. Video Refresh: Submission Phobia
  75. Video Refresh: Dealing With Fear
  76. WIHM: Setting Self Doubt on Fire: The Female Horror Author Reading Challenge
  77. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Writer or Author? Video Refresh
  78. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Beat the Fear of Self-Publishing
  79. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Do NaNoWriMo Differently This Year
  80. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: How Can Online Groups Help Writers?
  81. Setting Self-Doubt on Fire – AuthorTube – Learn How to Describe Emotion
  82. Setting Self-Doubt on Fire: How to Set Realistic Goals for NaNoWriMo

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It’s me again, with my basket load of advice, hopefully you’ve given Mr Self Doubt some punches to the head, and now you are ready for the second strike. This time I’m going to be taking on another challenge that us Writers have to face. It’s one of the things Mr Self Doubt likes to throw at us, and it seems so convincing that we often believe him. What am I referring to? Well it’s the one thing I’m sure you have all said yourself. “I just don’t have time to write.”

 

Recently I’ve had to deal with this issue myself, which is what gave me the idea for this post. I’ve found myself unsuccessfully juggling many things, and sadly, my writing has been pushed back, not as far as my baking blog I have to admit. Even though I’m writing, I still have a large editing pile to work through, and my novel well I’ve hardly started planning it. It’s a frustrating process you need to work to live, you have chores to complete, responsibilities, family and friends to make time for, and the list is endless. And at the same time you need to spend a fair amount of time on your writing, and when you are working on three short stories at different stages and planning a novel it can be a real fight to fit it all in. As we all know, if you’re not working on your writing your dreams will never come true. Dramatic gasp!

 

So how do you deal with this issue, how do you learn to juggle? Well I’ve come up with another list; I know me and my lists. I actually have special shopping list paper that’s blue and has a cute pink rose at the bottom. Random I know, but hey, that’s me. Right back on topic. I’ve come up with 5 tips, yes the famous 5; to help you learn to juggle like an over experienced clown, red nose and all.

 

  1. Be realistic and allow yourself some free time: Before we even look at ways to easily add writing to your life, we need to be realistic about what we can actually do. While it may be suggested that to perfect your craft you need to write everyday, this can be tricky to achieve. Sadly, there’s going to be a time where you just can’t fit writing in, no matter what you do. So instead of beating yourself up because you are too busy running around like a headless chicken or your eyes need matchsticks to stay open, just allow yourself to have that day off. However, you must make sure you don’t do this too often because you will find yourself easily trapped in the ‘I’ll do it tomorrow’ cycle.

 

Also, if there are days that you want to relax, go out, or spend time with family and friends then do so, we all need a life otherwise where are we going to get our ideas?

 

  1. You don’t need to write for hours: While we’d like to sit and spend hours lost in our own worlds, which can be more interesting than our own, there just isn’t enough hours in the day. So instead of trying to cram hours in do small chunks instead, for example an hour a day, 30 minutes, or even 10 minutes 3 times a day. No matter how long you spend, you’ll still be moving forward and heading towards your goal.
  2. Make the most of your time: Do you really need an hour lunch? Is it necessary for you to spend 3 hours getting ready? Yes, I’m referring to you guys too. Do you really need to spend hours watching Soap Operas? No you don’t, you could easily take back some of that time and use it for your writing. Have 30 minutes lunch and use the other 30 for writing. Switch off the TV and get some writing done. If you think about it, you’ll find that there are times of the day that you are wasting time. Don’t feel bad though, I do it too.

 

Also, while travelling to work, as long as you’re not driving of course, you can read and even edit your stories. If you don’t hate mornings (I do I hate them so much, well anything before 8am), then get up an hour earlier. I’ve never tried it, but it might be interesting writing in the morning when your mind is fresh rather than the evening when you feel like a zombie.

 

  1. Cut down the workload: If you’re anything like me, you’ll be working on multiple stories all at the same time. While this conveyor belt approach can work (plan one, draft one and edit one), if you stall on any of the stages you will find yourself with a serious backlog. Over the summer I wrote stories, but never edited them, so my editing pile just got bigger and bigger, and I’m crazy because I just keep adding to it. I have however decided to try a new approach, this may not be new to you, I’m going to work on one story at a time. So that’s plan, write, edit and then submit. Also, if you are like me and have a huge editing pile it might be wise to concentrate on just the editing, at least for a few weeks.
  2. Give yourself a deadline: This I have to admit is important because when you don’t have a deadline you’ll find yourself forever saying I can do this tomorrow. Then you’ll find yourself with either a pile of half-finished stories or a pile of unedited stories, and when you have this let’s just say if you can’t juggle, you’ll crash from the load.

 

There you have it 5 tips to help you to successfully juggle. I hope that one of these will be of some use to the stressed out writer. I must admit writing this post has given me loads of ideas, and now I think I might be soon getting back on track.

 

On a final note, remember a well-rested and balanced writer is a better writer.

 

So, what are you waiting for? Go write something. Let’s follow this unrealistic dream!

 

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Nicole Simms

Nicole J. Simms is a UK horror, crime and fantasy writer. However, she is open to writing in other genres. Her stories have been published in anthologies, in magazines and on websites. In 2016, she won the Nine Voices’ 50-Word Halloween Competition with her story ‘Meeting the Parents’. And, her self-published e-book The Book of Drabbles is now available to download for free. She is also the deputy leader of the Oldbury Writing Group, a West Midlands based writing group. They have published a WW2 anthology together titled From Sunrise to Sunset, and they are now working on their second anthology. Stephen King, Sharon Bolton, J. K. Rowling, R. L. Stine and Kelley Armstrong are some of her favourite authors. And, when she’s not writing, she loves to bake, paint, knit and go on nature walks. Find out more at: Website - http://nicole-j-simms.co.uk Facebook link - https://www.facebook.com/NicoleJSimmsWriter Twitter link - https://twitter.com/NicoleJSimms1 Goodreads link - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19383148.Nicole_J_Simms

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