Being a Writer, gallery, Things I Learned Monday, September 29, 2014
It's been a few months since joining Emily and sharing What I've Learned. I'm excited to be back in this community of bloggers though! I've missed them dearly!!!
Here's what I've learned this past month:
1. Editing a book is SO MUCH more difficult than writing it out.
I was focused. First draft, get it done. I did it! But, oh my goodness. I was not prepared for the editing. It has pretty much consumed my life for the last few weeks. I have hardly promoted my new eBook group (which probably is for the best because it will free me up more next month), and I have been neglecting my blogs. I'm sorry. Editing is rough. Good news: Blessed Chaos should be done this week with the almost-final one-more-round-of-edits draft!
2. As hard as it is to write for 31 days, I look forward to it each year.
It almost seems torturous toward the end of the month, but it is so worth it. It is a great exercise in self-discipline, writing, and commitment! This will be my fourth year participating. Here's what I'll be writing about starting on Wednesday:
The last few months I've bene focusing a lot on my writing, with Blessed Chaos writing and now editing. Writing has very much consumed my mind. I want to explore more about being a writer and a mom. I can't wait to begin!
3. Fighting on behalf of your marriage is hard, but the reward is unbelievable.
The past few months have been really difficult for Michael and I. Nothing necessarily major, just the built up of busyness and chaos of parenting four children. In the process of life, we unintentionally started neglecting each other and our marriage more. We've been working to fight again for each other and for our marriage. It has been hard. However, the reward is beautiful!
4. I love Fall TV Premiere week.
It is definitely my guilty pleasure, my TV shows. We have Hulu, which I'm so thankful for! It helps me save time and keep up with my shows. I've got a couple more premiering this week. Exciting times! Any Once fans? I was disappointed in last night's episode...ugh!
5. I need set and frequent time away from the internet.
As hard as I've been working on Blessed Chaos, I've also been feeling a strong pull away from my computer the past few weeks. That is part of why my blogs have been neglected. I've been putting in the hard work of editing, and then not really wanting to do much of anything else on the computer. I need to take those cues and take breaks. Maybe if I go back to having an #analogweekend or at least an analog day I won't feel so frequently the need to abandon ship. How do you balance this pull toward the computer and the natural pull away to real life?