There are many different kinds of writers in the world. Some of us are plotters, others fly by the seat of their pants. Some write on a rigid schedule, others are more flexible. Some write relentlessly, some write when the inspiration hits them. In fact, so diverse are writers and writing habits, the only thing I know for certain about them is that no one can really define them.
For the most part, I've lived my life as a fairly regimented writer. I have a schedule, and I keep to it... most of the time. I've always had a hard time staying focus. My passions tend to change within months, and depending on how hard I'm working on that passion, other might take a back seat. Unfortunately, writing has definitely taken a back seat lately, and I'd like to write about my reasons why.
One of my biggest distractions in the last year has been exercise. I didn't get enough of it, and I felt it everyday. I felt it physically, and I felt it emotionally. I wanted to change, and so I made a strong effort to workout four times and week. I also upped the amount of physical activity I got on a daily basis. I go for bike rides, walks, and hikes as often as I can. Finding time for all this activity interrupted my regular schedule quite a bit, and my writing and marketing plans suffered.
Then in June of this year, I started a new job. After spending 12 years at my last job as a salesman, I took a new job working as a warehouse supervisor. The change was profound. My attitude and outlook on life have and are changing. My new job is filled with new excitement and challenges, and the entire experience, while good, has soaked up nearly all of my time and energy. Of course, that is exactly what I wanted and needed, a redirect in my life.
Now, after four months into my new position, the waves on the lake of my life are beginning to smooth out into ripples, and I'm adapting to the new changes. As such, the horse named "Being an Author" is standing outside my door, waiting for me to climb back on. I've made a schedule to finish the edits on my third and final book. I've contacted my editor. I've created a new marketing plan, and I've primed the pump for a sale beginning the Week of October 1. I'm feeling very optimistic about the coming months, and I want to say to everyone who has been patiently awaiting Book Three, "Thank you, and it'll be coming very soon!"