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Do you ever feel like this guy?
Except in my case, it's more like the plates, symbolic of my priorities, are strewn about the floor in chips and pieces. I'm the least qualified person to talk about writers and priorities, which is probably why I feel drawn to the topic.
*whispers* I don't even have a set time to write every day.
That's right. I said it. I'm a lump writer. I write in huge lumps when I 'get the time.'
And I know you're just as busy as I am, if not more so. So how do you do it? I'm looking at you, Kiersten White. And you, Elana Johnson. And you, Blogger buddies.
In our line of work, there's a near constant need to be doing something, whether it's writing, reading, revising, or critiquing for someone else. Each of these activities requires the mind's whole focus, so you can't exactly multi-task like these plate spinners, right? How do you cope with the feeling when you're reading that you should be writing? Or the feeling while you're critiquing that you should be reading? Or the feeling while you're writing that you should be cleaning? Or making dinner? Or calling your mom?
Seriously. How do you spin all these plates and keep them in the air at the same time?
Or is it more like this guy who does his level best, but can only keep them all running for a few seconds?
How do you decide what comes first? And what do you do when you don't feel like doing any of it?