Natasha McNeely's Author Blog

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Juggling Projects: How do you do it?

Most of you know that I finished the first draft of my novel, Tales of The Forbidden and am now in the first stage of editing. Alongside that, I am also writing its sequel, Mercy of The Forbidden.

This is proving to be more difficult than I expected.

He demands that I edit and write.

It sounds simple enough: Two projects, one editing, one writing. If I’m not in the mood to write, edit, and vice versa. Mix that with college, a part-time job, some household things, and just time to relax, and it becomes a lot more complicated.

It’s a struggle to figure out exactly how to spend my time, especially as my schedule is different every week due to varying work hours. It’s essentially impossible to have the same schedule every day.

I’ve considered trying to write a certain amount of time every day, but again, my schedule causes issues when it comes to that. Even something as simple as “Edit one chapter per week.” becomes more difficult than it needs to be.

I want to write and I want to edit, but I can’t justify staying up until 2 every day to do so, and then have to get up at 7 to start the next day. I need to find a balance, but at this point in time, I’m finding that difficult. I try and it works out well for a brief amount of time, and then something throws a wrench in my schedule.

I know I’m not the only one who struggles with this, so let me ask you:

How do you juggle different things, yet make sure you have time for yourself?