Sunday Update: Re-balancing My Priorities

My last update was titled “Juggler is an Apt Description.” So of course now I have little to report. That doesn’t mean I dropped all the balls, but they seem to be hovering in an anti-gravity zone where not much occurs.

Instead of 1,000 words a day, I’ve written about 1,500 words all week. But I won’t be down about it.

I’ve realized I need to rebalance where I’m spending my extra minutes. When I start to be too snippy with my kids, too distracted to keep up with the housework, and all around out of sync with my values, I know I MUST rebalance. That’s a point I reached this week.

Is 1,000 words a day just too high a goal for me? Because that’s when things started to get out of whack — when I decided I needed to finish drafting the next novel, while working on publishing one novella and editing another….Too many projects, and too high of goals for each one makes J.R. an unhappy writer. And I mean to be a happy writer, happy wife, happy mom, happy ME!

Best of luck reaching your goals in the coming week. And for goodness sake, let’s have some FUN!

About J.R. Pearse Nelson

J.R. Pearse Nelson is a native Oregonian, residing in the beautiful Portland area. She lives with her husband, two small daughters and the family dog. J.R. is always searching for the magic in our world. She weaves tales rooted in mythology, bringing legend to life in modern-day and fantasy settings. J.R. is the author of the Children of the Sidhe paranormal romance series, the Foulweather Twins fantasy series, and the Water Rites fantasy series. You can connect with J.R. online at her website. Visit

4 comments on “Sunday Update: Re-balancing My Priorities

  1. I was sharing with a friend that I’m under the gun on an upcoming deadline, and she asked if I’m a procrastinator. I decided that I’m not. But I do underestimate how long a project will take, not considering the inevitable interruptions and obstacles that occur. Life happens. And you can’t just chuck everything else to write a book.

    Maybe 250 words/day (1750/week) or 500 words/day (3500/week) is more realistic. But 1500 is still progress, so revel in that!

    Best wishes finding your balance!

  2. Words are words. I’m trying to move to a daily writing schedule but any week that I finish with some writing in hand is better than the weeks I have none. Good for you on your 1500. And your happiness-centered philosophy. I approve. (Because of course you were just waiting for my approval…lol!)

  3. It’s hard to write, edit, publish all at once. Especially when you’re trying to balance that with family things, too. Sometimes we get bogged down and FORGET to have fun. We all definitely need to balance things out.

    Okay, now back to my beta reading. 😉

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