Balancing Life and Writing by Dimitrius Jones – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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Balancing Life and Writing

Most writers don’t write full-time, though I’m sure we’d like to. Instead, we find time in our busy schedules to craft our novels, articles, scripts, etc. Essentially, writing can be considered a second “job” for many of us, and it can take up a lot of our free time.

So, how do even manage to get it all done? Is it even possible? The short answer is yes, but it’s easier said than done. We don’t just have jobs keeping us busy. We have social obligations, children, and life’s little hiccups that occupy our time as well. Trying to fit writing into our daily routine can seem like a monumental task.

Luckily, it doesn’t have to be, and below are a few ways you can start balancing things out.

Set a Schedule

Set specific times during the day where you’re going to write and adhere to it. If you’re only going to write for an hour, for instance, start on time and stop on time. Careful planning helps avoid unneeded distractions, and it’s also important to be realistic with your scheduling.

For example, do you need a few extra minutes to decompress after work? Will you need a bigger window of free time in case your kids need help with their homework? Factor in those little things so that you don’t end up having to readjust mid-writing session.

Give Yourself Time Off

Most of us are used to having two days off a week, and I’d encourage anyone to hold onto that as much as possible. It’s tempting to get writing done on your days off, but it’s also important to make sure you give yourself time to relax and enjoy your free time.

Be Consistent

In order for something to become a habit, it needs to be done continuously right? Once you start making time for writing, stick to it. It will feel like a chore at first, but that’s where your passion will kick in. Once you sit down and start typing, more than likely everything else will fall into place. The hardest part about writing is just getting started. Once you get that part down, it’s smooth sailing.

Try New Things

Speaking of off days, use those days to go out on a nature hike, start a new hobby, or even try your hand at a new recipe. It’s not only a good way to feel accomplished and renewed. It’s also an effective way to stay inspired to write. You’ll find that something as simple as switching up your routine can lead to a new story idea.

Many in the world of Austyria dream of becoming heroes, gaining classes like Mage, Knight, and Beastmaster. With the power granted to them by the powerful Alrelics, they can level up and accomplish extraordinary feats.

The citizens of Hollo village long for a hero to save them from the malevolent Gate, which disfigures all who see or try to enter it. Lex dreams of becoming a Soldier and leaving his cursed village with his friends, Bibi and Ariel, but his class designation ceremony devolves into absolute disaster. Within days, he’s forced to embark on a journey that will change his destiny forever.

To save his friends, Lex must uncover the mysteries of this mysterious doorway, while keeping his scornful heart in check before it consumes him utterly.

Enjoy an Excerpt

Oedorius notices the commotion and stalks towards us, the other guards following closely behind him. Soon, he reaches us, and Ariel’s soft whimpers have become loud, wailing sobs. Oedorius calmly stops and stares down at her, and I’m certain I see a glint of amusement in his eyes.

“You are Ariel Branderford?” he asks.

“You’re not taking her.”

I blink, and Lex is between Ariel and Oedorius, his arms spread out to bar his approach. I position myself in front of Ariel, still crouched on the floor, and Oedorius sighs before sheathing his sword. He considers us for a moment before glancing back at one of the guards.

“Kent. Be quick.”

“Those who would defy the hands of time, be hidden from its eternal grasp. Hold!”

My body shivers as I leap to my feet. No! Not that spell! I race towards its source, hoping I can at least knock the spellcaster off balance so it won’t have a chance to be fully cast. As I near Oedorius, time begins to slow, and it feels like I’m trying to run underwater. I frantically try to shake myself in order to move faster, but it’s too late.

I become frozen in mid-air, everything around me moving as it should. Lex stands beside me still as stone, his hand stretched out as if to block the spell from hitting him. Maybe he meant to say something, but neither of us can say anything now.

Oedorius bends down and shakes Ariel’s shoulder. “Get up, girl. You’ve caused more than enough trouble. You will come with us, or we will kill you now.”

About the Author:Dimitrius Jones was born and raised in West Texas, much to his eternal annoyance. Despite this, he first picked up the pen at the tender age of six. His first masterpiece was a page-turner was about dolphins that used eye lasers to kill a hurricane. From there, his life took a few twists and turns, but he always found his way back to his trusty notepad.

His next few projects include a self-help book for those who suffer from low self-esteem as well as a full-length fantasy/romance novel to be released sometime in the future. Dimitrius has always, perhaps unsurprisingly, been inspired by the mystery, tragedy, and wonder of fairy tales.

His goal in life is to constantly inspire, amuse, and shed light into the corners of life we didn’t know were right in front of us.

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  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. Dimitrius Jones says

    Thank you so much for hosting me!

  3. This is very good advice. I need to learn to do all of it!

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