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It always changes.
I was going to say it was a failure, but I don't think when you are dealing with life and trying to make it work--there are not failures, just changes.
My process to find a balance usually involves a period of NO writing--and reading articles and books on how to do things better---and I always have these great plans and.... all it goes south eventually.
For a writer there is so much that is supposedly required:
Engaging on Social Media
Writing <--this SHOULD be fun......
If self publishing:
--Find Content Editor/Line Editor etc
--Find Book Cover
And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Lets not forget about net-working, conferences, and ignoring the bad reviews (celebrating the good)....
Then for many of us--there is the day job, family, bills, house, exercise, diet, furred critters.....
So those great plans to write every bloody day are a great intention but not always possible. LIFE sometimes happens and I've had to roll with it.
One thing I've learned--- guilt is a by product of being a writer. That little voice inside you that berates everything you do, from your pathetic writing, adds in you are a failure as a writer, if you can't keep up and DO IT ALL.
I've been thinking long and hard and wrestling with that little freaking voice determined to berate me over every little thing I do, or don't do. Guess what? there is no perfect program, system, or way of doing things as a writer.
Like plotting-- there are many way to get the writing in and get the job done in your own time. I don't write every day, I want to, but it doesn't always happen. This is why I've decided to just keep getting back on my feet and doing what I can when I can.
And I try to duct tape the mouth of that annoying inner voice.
I'll keep reading those helpful books; because I get good ideas. (In fact, I think I'm going to put some of the best I've read in a blog and post it here at a later date).
I haven't given up, I won't. No matter what dire predictions of publishing (next to the inner voice, the doom and gloom of publishing voices are just as bad!) I'm going to write.
I'm also going to walk my own road, and gather those around me who are hopeful and love the process of writing.
That's all I can control.
Writing and life is a constant flux; and I'm learning to roll with it and forgive myself.
It will work out.
How about you? Are you struggling? What are you going to do about it?