Making that first deal was both a cruelty and a blessing. I was so excited, and it was a fantastic opportunity for me, but I suddenly had a lot of responsibilities and a ton of expectations to live up to. Writing, editing, blogging, interviews—and then there was Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, etc. It all becomes very overwhelming, very quickly. I think I had my first nervous breakdown in the middle of book two.
I realized that if I was going to balance my writing, my promotional efforts, my day job, and my family and friends, I was going to have to be strict with a schedule. But how to do it?
I started bringing my laptop to the day job. I would give myself that one hour during lunch time for writing, and then I would have more writing time after kiddo went to bed in the evenings. It’s not a ton of time, but it was definitely enough to reach my daily goal of at least 1000 words. If I finished those words early, I would give myself some internet time for Twitter, etc.
Weekends would be for the family, as always. There are times when I’m able to squeeze in a little bit of writing on Saturday or Sunday, but I never expect it so if I can it’s always just a bonus!
I’ve been writing this way for three years now and it works for me. If at some point things change and I’m able to say goodbye to the day job, I worry that more time will just make me lazy! LOL
Tomorrow: JK Coi Day Six: A Pen Name is Born
J.K. Coi is a multi-published, award winning author of contemporary and paranormal romance and urban fantasy. She makes her home in Ontario, Canada, with her husband and son and a feisty black cat who is the uncontested head of the household. While she spends her days immersed in the litigious world of insurance law, she is very happy to spend her nights writing dark and sexy characters who leap off the page and into readers’ hearts. Please find her online at http://www.jkcoi.com
Also writing Dark Fantasy for young adults as Chloe Jacobs. Find more information at http://www.chloejacobs.com.