I don’t know how to live on a budget. I was hoping you could tell me. I work a part-time job with benefits, and write novels as a side job. Except it’s not really a job, more like a passion, an escapism, a little extra cash at the end of the month.
But I’m not talking about money. I’m talking about time, a commodity much more important than money. I’ve read a lot of blogs that say you must be stingy with your writing time. You must stick to a schedule. Easier said than done. My style is a little more chaotic.
One thing that I have learned to do is to stop pushing myself to get it written. If it’s not fun, don’t do it, right? When writing becomes a chore, it’s time to put that story to the side and start a new one. And luckily, I’ve got a slew of ideas I can pick from.
Another method I use is to write blocks of the story that are most appealing to me. And no, it’s not just the sex scenes. *wink* It’s pretty easy to go back later and blend the pieces together.
I’m working on a novel now that has no ending yet and the story is taking me longer than I like because I keep stalling out. This rarely happens to me, but my solution, which I just came up with while writing this post, is to skip ahead and write the ending. Then I can work my way down to it. Sort of the like jumping to the last chapter of a good book to see how it ends.
Your style is your own. Do with it what you will. Another words, do it your way and you’ll know that you are that good.