From Dana: This is a guest post from DIY Writer Catrina Barton. Catrina is a writer, mother, wife, Black Dragon Kung Fun instructor, and author of YA Paranormal romance and fan fiction. She blogs about her writing life at Kitty’s Inner Thoughts. Preview the first chapter of her first novel, Dangerous Temptation, at Amazon. She’s here today to answer the latest DIYW guest post prompt: What’s the biggest barrier you face to following your dreams?
An intriguing question. Answer:
There are never enough hours in the day to finish everything; housework, cooking, child rearing, and writing full-time don’t mesh well. Not if mama wants to remain sane. *grins*
My husband, despite his frustrations, has been wonderful about letting me focus on writing. He’s my biggest supporter and does all my cover art and book trailers. We’re a team: My writing, his art.
Organization is the only way I manage to get anything done, period.
Juggling everything full-time has proved challenging. I need to reorganize my schedule to fit everything writing-related into a six-hour day. This includes all writing, revising, and editing of my novels, bi-monthly critique groups weekends, bi-monthly critiques at Critique Circle, bi-monthly reviews for two other sites, moderating duties for three other places, weekly blogging, and an occasional editing job.
My schedule is never tame. As I write this post, I’ve still got four other guest posts to write (all on different subjects), to add to the media kit I’ve put together for the blog tour of my first novel.
In six short weeks I’ve scheduled the entire blog tour, double-checked the links for all the stops, gathered everything needed for the media kit, sent out all the answers to the various interviews, set up the buy links, all on top of remaining active in the writing community. The final edits on my novel will be done soon. Hubby and I are creating the music and each picture for the book trailer. I still need to finalize the release party on Facebook.
All things considered, the entire launch process has gone fairly smooth.
Kudos to whoever invented checklists.
In addition to this launch, my blog Kitty’s Inner Thoughts is a regular stop for Read Between the Lines reviews, so I have three more books to read and review, once my final edits are complete. After the tour, I’ll focus on updating my fanfics, which I still write because I promised not to abandon any of my five unfinished stories.
My readers and fans, who have been patient since my last update the end of December 2012, are sending emails, and private messages asking when I will update. I can’t leave them hanging much longer.
After a break, I’ll start the second novel in my Caspians Series, and start all over again!
Yup. Definitely time is the biggest barrier to following my dreams. That and my “Hey I can help” attitude. I need to stop volunteering! I have plenty to keep me busy. Never a dull moment though, and I enjoy every minute of it (even the frustrating ones).
Dana: Thanks for opening up, Kitty, and best wishes on the launch!
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