Writing–Writing with a Day Job 3: The Reckoning

I don’t know if that’s accurate, but it’s a catchy title and I’m going to stick with it.

The duties at my day job have changed which means I no longer have the extra time at work to write. Downtime in between duties provided me with time to write blog posts or work on short stories. I couldn’t do a lot, but what I could do gave me time to do other things after the day job shift ended.

But this change means that my downtime is pretty much gone and i’m once again going to have to reconfigure how I do things. And since I’m having so much trouble doing things to begin with, this doesn’t bode well.

I am really struggling trying to achieve any kind of balance. This month I’ve managed to make a little progress on The World (Saving) Series, but I continue to fall further behind, which just depresses me and amplifies my struggling. I’ve put off posting any new story in the Outskirts Universe because I’d like to set-up an archive and use that instead, but I haven’t gotten around to doing that. My short stories sit, ready and waiting and unsent.

I feel like I’m losing hold of my dream in favor of a paycheck.

The emotional toll isn’t helping at all this sort of struggle is taking isn’t helping at all. It’s making me question my dedication to writing.

If I had my choice, I’d make money from writing. Unfortunately, I’m not to even close to that point. The way I’m going, I’m never going to get to that point. It’s very frustrating.

Logically, I’m going to have to change my schedule to meet my new needs (demands?). This may mean blogging less and shelving the Outskirts Universe Project until I can make some serious headway on The World (Saving) Series revisions. I need to get this round done.

If I can find some more hours in the day and some more energy, that could go a long way in helping me, too.

Stories By The Numbers

 -Submitted: 2
-Ready: 9
-Accepted/Rejected: 0

2 thoughts on “Writing–Writing with a Day Job 3: The Reckoning

  1. Hi Christin,
    Enjoyed this blog post,and I think these are dilemmas we all struggle with–how to pay the rent while also attending to our writing. It’s interesting, though, that you’ve shifted some priorities around to get things done. Yah for you. You might want to hop on over to my blog sometime, “writerwithadayjob.” I’ve created it for busy creative writers just like us.

    1. Sorry I didn’t get back to this comment sooner (day job strikes again!), but I’m glad you enjoyed the post. As you can see, I’m still struggling with time management when it comes to balancing writing and the day job.

      I had a chance to read your blog and I think it’s great. It’s nice to know that I’m not the only one struggling with both worlds.

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