Notes from An Alien

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Balancing The Writer’s Life


Avid readers might be prone to becoming writers

Avid writers are apt to become publishers

Publishers are learning to interact more immediately with their readers

But this lovely triangle wouldn’t exist without the Writer.

And, these days, many more writers are still heavy readers while learning to be nimble publishers.

Where’s the Balance?

My personal balance involves Inner and Outer needs.

Inwardly, I must read so I can ponder so I can meditate so I can open the portals to let my writing happen.

Outwardly, I must blog and attend to Google Plus interaction while assuring myself sufficient time with my friends.

Inward must balance with Outward

Recently, Victoria Grefer, on her blog, Creative Writing with the Crimson League, wrote about balance in the post, Being an Author who Blogs…. The Biggest Minor Inconveniences.

Here are a few of the things she has to balance:

Do I work on the blog, or my novel?

The approaching deadline.

You want to write about your books, but in a big way, you can’t.

I’ll let those interested go read her full post

When I contemplate the balancing I must do in my life to support my being a writer, I keep coming back to one benchmark for judging what needs more weight or what must be trimmed:

AUTHENTICITY

Here’s the origin of the word from the Oxford dictionary:

late Middle English: via Old French from late Latin authenticus, from Greek authentikos ‘principal, genuine’

Are the things I’m balancing of equal genuineness?

Am I attempting to balance the principle factors?

Kill your darlings” can definitely apply to not only factors of your writing but to activities and “priorities” that don’t help you maintain your Authenticity—keep you from being true to yourself.
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13 responses to “Balancing The Writer’s Life

  1. lynnbiederstadt June 24, 2013 at 7:56 am

    Another fine one, AZ…hope you’re doing well.

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    • Alexander M Zoltai June 24, 2013 at 8:07 am

      Thanks for the encouraging words, Lynn :-)

      Every day brings a bit more healing

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  2. deadeyescribe June 24, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Greetings Alexander! Wish I could balance like the woman in the video. Maybe I’m more of a juggler than a balancer? Best to you, Sir.

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    • Alexander M Zoltai June 24, 2013 at 4:15 pm

      Simone!

      Where have you been?

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      • deadeyescribe June 24, 2013 at 4:35 pm

        I was just now writing a post about that. In fact, the title is very close to your question. How in the world did you know that???

        Glad to hear you’re on the mend.

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        • Alexander M Zoltai June 24, 2013 at 5:51 pm

          How did I know that you were away??

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          • deadeyescribe June 24, 2013 at 6:00 pm

            No, I meant how did you know I’d titled my post that, i.e. “Where have I been?” :-D

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            • Alexander M Zoltai June 24, 2013 at 6:09 pm

              Oh!

              Well, it’s either that I’m psychic or that I’m not and fate got tangled for a bit… :-)

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              • deadeyescribe June 24, 2013 at 6:43 pm

                Hmm, I’ve always thought the former. If true, I have questions…

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                • Alexander M Zoltai June 24, 2013 at 7:30 pm

                  Alas, I wanted to believe in the former, for many years, yet time and circumstances have conspired to dash my hopes

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