THE BLOG TOUR – starring “SPOTLIGHT” Author, April Adams

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Work/Life Balance… Yeah, Right.

So, it’s said that you should balance your work life with the rest of your life. Sounds so easy, doesn’t it? Well, it isn’t, at least not for me. I have to fight tooth and nail to carve out some time to write. It was especially difficult during my first book. Everybody thought I would just give up, that I was wasting my time. That hurt. Then, once they realized I was serious about it, they started asking me how much money I’ve made.

Really??

Is the measurement of success only monetary? Not for me. When I see that someone has purchased my book, it fills me with a wonderful feeling. When I get a glowing review I’m pretty sure I literally glow for days. It makes it all worth it.

Makes what all worth it?

Well, for me, I have a six year old son whom I homeschool. It’s only a few hours a day, but that’s time that I previously spent writing. I have to prioritize his education and not be selfish. Then I have a nine month old daughter who is into absolutely EVERYTHING! If I look down at my screen she either gets into something she isn’t supposed to, or stands next to me swiping at the keys every few seconds. Babies can change settings faster than you can blink! Apparently my laptop has a hot key for Google searches. Who knew?

On top of that I have a husband who expects to eat when he gets home from work, along with the two other little mouths. Then I have to spend quality time with them because the days are so short and one bleak morning I’ll wake up and they’ll be moved out, building their own lives. I’ll regret the time I took from building memories with them. But I have to write!

Writing is important to me. Even if I never become a best-seller, even if I never crawl my way into the black from the deep, red, financial hole I’ve dug myself trying to market my books, it is my dream! Writing is my passion. I love every aspect of it from conception to completion. Thinking of my stories and characters fills an empty place in my soul. So, I have to make time to do it even though life and obligations crowd in like frenzied sharks.

How do I do it? Well, recently I haven’t been very successful. Nursing a baby and not having a full night’s sleep in over a year are wearing on me. I don’t write well in the evenings and our mornings are generally pretty busy. Sometimes, on the weekends, my husband will let me escape to solitude. You’d be surprised how focused you can be if you’re on a time crunch. At least, it surprised me.

I don’t want to use my busy life as an excuse. I love my job – all of my jobs – and it is very difficult to give each one I perform the care and attention required. Somehow, I manage not to mess any of them up too bad. Sure, some days my house looks like a war zone but those days are the ones where I’ve added 2,000 words to my manuscript or edited furiously. I’m blessed to have a family that understands and supports me (now) in my dream.

It’s worth the struggle. This is why.

april

Find me online!

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/April-Adams/e/B00CHRCD8G
Twitter:  @apriladamsnovel
Facebook:   www.fb.com/apriladamsnovel
Website:  www.writerapriladams.com
Goodreads:  www.goodreads.com/apriladamsnovel

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9 thoughts on “THE BLOG TOUR – starring “SPOTLIGHT” Author, April Adams

  1. I enjoyed reading about your work/life balance because I really struggle with that too. I just wish I had more time! I have 2 boys, 9 and 12, so they are self-sufficient but in sports all year, need help with homework, need out loud reading time with me, etc… Thanks for sharing your struggles, you are not alone.

    Jason- thanks for hosting and always being so enthusiastic.

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  2. Loved this!! I completely relate! I have 2 teens who are also self sufficient but spend all my “free” time driving them to sports, cooking, cleaning or just trying to be present in the moment with them and my husband. Writing, running a home business, and working my “regular job” all while rasing a family is difficult and rewarding at the same time. Your groove will be forever changing as your family grows but I know you will never regret doing it all:) GREAT POST!!

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  3. I can relate, April. I’d like 48 hours in my day please 🙂 You are right that family should come first, but I’m glad you manage to squeeze in some writing time. Thanks for hosting, Jason.

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  4. I love this post, and the photo! You have two CUTE kids 😉 I can relate to struggling to carve out the time for writing within all your other demands. I am so pleased you manage to do it! I have enjoyed learning more about you this week, April, and hope you have enjoyed your time in the Spotlight! Very best wishes for your continued success 🙂
    Jason, thanks so much for hosting April today 🙂

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  5. WOW, April! This is my favorite post because I’ve been struggling to find this elusive balance. I hope you enjoyed your Spotlight Author week!! I know I had the best time following you around. LOl 😀

    Jason, thank you so much for hosting April.

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  6. Back in the ’80s I remember reading about Tillie Olsen (see Wikipedia), who was also a mother-trying-to-be-an-author in the ’50s and always having a pad and pencil tucked in a pocket to jot notes down before she forgot them.

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