It’s been a whirlwind around here amidst the launch of my second book. I sent out my first Mailchimp campaign; revealed the new book cover; wrote and distributed a press release; prepared the “about” material for the website; uploaded the new book details into Goodreads; prepared a media kit; updated my blog and posted the new book cover to Facebook. Then I took a breath.
The tornado of activity reminded me of the concept of balance. It’s a concept I’ve been working on since I hopped on the Crazy Train called writing. A train pushed by a caboose called publishing.
Balance is important, and though I have difficulty with it at times, deep in my heart I know it’s not just a concept. It feeds my sanity; grounds me. It’s why I made time to get into the garden last week and why I made the trip to Vancouver to help a friend celebrate her birthday on the weekend. It’s why I went to lunch with the girls the other day and enjoyed a super-sonic gin and tonic in the shade of the garden umbrella with my husband last night.
If I let it, this writing thing would consume every moment of my life. At times, it does. And because I’m an indie writer, all of the marketing and promo falls on my shoulders, so if I want to get the word out, it’s up to me…and it’s a lot of work.
But the “work” has to be balanced with other things. Things that make me smile. Things that energize me and fire me up: like friends, family, fine food and great wine. And writing.
Writing you say? Isn’t that what got you in trouble in the first place? I know…you think I’m talking in circles. But I’m not.
The writing I refer to–the writing that energizes me–is creative writing. Not the sometimes tedious chore of writing promo material or editing manuscripts. Creative writing is what happens when I open the throttle on my imagination and run it on all cylinders. Suddenly new characters are running loose through new settings wreaking all kinds of havoc. Exercising my imagination is as important as physical exercise. It reminds me why I do all the other less-fun stuff. It makes the necessary, but tedious stuff, worthwhile.
It’s a crazy ride, and I need to keep injecting balance, but the circuit is oddly addictive: write, publish, promote, balance, fuel-up, write and repeat. Better than work-eat-sleep repeat. No?
Has your Crazy Train left the station?