The Internet is a wealth of information. And it has been an invaluable resource for me in my pursuit to perfect my writing and become published. It can also be a major time suck, stealing my energy away from other, often more important things I should be doing.
I am constantly scanning my favorite blogs or clicking on interesting links shared by others. If the piece was written by someone I know personally or someone I have connected with via social media who has been supportive of me, I make sure I read it and comment when appropriate.
I scan through all the others (and there are TONS) briefly to see if I want to read more. If so, I add the link to my "NEED TO READ" list. Trouble is, that list is very long and growing daily.
That's not even counting the large and growing pile of actual BOOKS I hope to read at some point in the (preferably near) future. It often feels overwhelming. How am I going to find time to actually read it all?
This on top of the other things I'm supposed to be doing. Blogging. Social networking. Building my "platform." Oh yes, and I'm trying to finish a book and get it published. All while I have precious little free time. I often wonder if it is worth it. It can cause me extra stress that I really don't need.
At least once a day it seems, I question whether or not I have bitten off more than I can chew. Made a major mistake. I'm in the middle of one of the most hectic periods of my life. Why did I feel the need to add to my load? Voluntarily?
And then I remember that I have an important message to share. One that has the ability to touch people in a positive way. That was the most rewarding aspect of writing my first book. No, I did not get rich. And yes, it was a lot of hard work. But I made a difference in people's lives. They told me so. That is an amazing feeling, one not everyone gets to experience. So is it all worth it? The answer is a resounding, "YES!"
I know there are plenty of people out there who face the same challenges and manage it all well. So how do you do it? What are YOUR tips for making it work? Please share; I'm dying to know!