Amelia Atwater-Rhodes on life’s juggling act.

Today’s post is from Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, and is about something I’ve been pondering this summer, too: the balance between work and life. Like Amelia, I find that I am more productive when I have more to do. The first part of this summer was a little bit unproductive for me for that very reason, but I like to think that the second half of the summer was better, what with the painting, wallpaper stripping, and general mayhem of the house. This is the end of Amelia’s blog tour – the other posts are listed at the bottom!

I am often asked how I am able to juggle being a full-time writer, a full-time student, and a full-time human being with a social life. The truth is, that’s what I’ve always done—what I don’t know how to handle is too much free time. I always write more when I’m overscheduled and would swear I have no time at all than I ever do when I’m on vacation and have plenty of free hours. I wrote 300,000 word high-fantasy trilogy over my last two years of college, during which time I also went on exchange to Texas, directed two plays, edited Wyvernhail and Persistence of Memory (coming out this winter) for publication, applied to graduate school, studied for and took a major state exam for teacher licensure, and moved in with my significant other. (By the way, I’m now a college graduate, BA in English and Psychology, magna cum laude, and certified to teach English in Massachusetts to grades 5-8 and 8-12.)

So far this summer, since all that has been over? I think I’ve written four chapters, total, since June 1. I haven’t had enough to do to motivate me to fill every possible moment with something either useful or fun (or both). For NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), in November- one of the busiest months of the year for me- I’m capable of writing 50,000 words in a month, but I think if someone told me I had eternity to write and nothing else I needed to get done, I would never write another word, since I would always know I still had plenty of time.

Thankfully, in the next month, I have the next book to edit, a trip to Alaska to see a good friend who is also the heart of my writing group, and a trip to Maryland to see family, so I should have some anti-time in which to get some good work done.



You can find the rest of Amelia’s blog tour at the following sites:

July 22nd: Bildungsroman
July 24th: Cheryl Rainfield
July 25th: BookLoons
July 28th: Mrs. Magoo Reads
July 30th: Teen Book Review
July 31st: Making Stuff Up for a Living
August 4th: Bookwyrm Chrysalis
August 5th: The Reading Zone

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