Today I have the pleasure of handing over the blog to fellow blogger and YA writer, Jamie Ayres. When Jamie said she was open to suggestions on post topics, I instantly thought of that one issue most of us struggle with – Fitting it all in. After reading the start of Jamie’s post, I’m really not sure how she does!
Fitting It All In – Jamie Ayres
Writing, Reading, Researching, Marketing, Promoting, Socializing, Facebooking, Blogging, Tweeting, Editing, Revising, Plotting, Planning, Drinking coffee, Emailing, Eating cake pops, Motivating, Teaching, Cleaning, Cooking, Laundry, Church, Shuffling kids to youth group/drama practice/guitar lessons/horse riding lessons/orthodontist appointments, Spending time with the hubs, Remembering to walk the dog and feed the hermit crabs, Fitness . . . HA! Yeah right! Let’s face it, something had to give;-)
You ever have those days when you wonder WHY AM I DOING THIS? *raises hand* Some days I get very very VERY frustrated trying to fit it all in. But slowly I’ve discovered some tricks of the trade, and I’d like to share my top 5 tips with all you lovelies today.
- Prioritize. You know that quote from Thomas Jefferson, “Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.” Well, I hate it. Guess what? I do the opposite, and it works! I just take one it one day at a time. Heck, I take it one step at a time! I make my list, cross each item off as I go, and don’t think too far ahead, or my head will start spinning!
- Accept help. Admitting we can’t do it all on our own frees us to accept outside help. News Flash: Most people have already realized you aren’t perfect, so quit trying to be! People want to help, so let them.
- Discipline. Repeat after me: Will power is my friend. Take the “I cannot say no” stamp off your forehead, and limit to your extracurricular activities. Then sit your butt in the chair and write! And not just Facebook posts, Twitter messages, and blogs! Write your story EVERY DAY!
- Find a place to write and make it your own. I used to think writing had to be done while sitting at a desk at a special time. But now I just take up half the couch with my laptop, my books on craft, and my journals. My family, the television, and my iPod actually help to stimulate creativity. I think it’s actually best not to have a need for privacy, because then you could procrastinate forever! Now editing does take some peace and quiet, which is why I’m up most nights until 2a.m. And yesss, I still get up at at 6a.m. for my day job, which leads me to my last tip . . . .
- Drink lots of coffee and keep a steady supply of hidden chocolate!
Jamie Ayres writes young adult paranormal love stories by night and teaches young adults as a public school teacher by day. She lives in southwest Florida with her husband and two daughters. 18 Things is her debut novel. Visit her website at www.jamieayres.com.
Olga Gay Worontzoff thinks her biggest problems are an awful name (after her grandmothers of course) and not attending prom with Conner, her best friend and secret crush since kindergarten.
Then Conner is killed in a freak boating accident and Olga feels responsible. When she downs an entire bottle of pills to deal with the emotional pain, her parents force her into counseling. There, her therapist writes a prescription in the form of a life list titled 18 Things. Eighteen quests to complete the year of her eighteenth birthday.
All she has to do is fire-walk, try out for the cheerleading squad, break a world record, and err . . . go on her first date. Good thing Nate, a new hottie in town, enters her life with perfect timing. He brings the fun factor to her list and helps her discover the beauty and strength inside herself, then complicates things by falling in love with her.
But there’s more to Olga’s quests than meets the eye and when her therapist reveals a terrifying secret, her world is shaken.
There’s only one thing she knows for certain: her choices won’t just affect her future, but all eternity.
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