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Guest Blogger Natalie C. Markey: Mastering the Writer’s Balancing Act

Please welcome Natalie C. Markey to Write It Forward!

As the landscape continues to change in publishing one thing remains clear, the work for the writer only grows. With the reality of social media and online communities, not only do writers need to write and write well but they also must network and market themselves. The truth is, there is more to a writing career then just writing and balancing that routine can become mind-boggling.

No matter what style or genre of writing an author does, time is always a challenge. At Who Dares Wins Publishing, a variety of authors are represented from best selling fiction and non-fiction titles. All of these titles took time. Lots of it. Every writer has their story beyond the words of their pages. It’s that “thing” getting in your way from meeting a deadline or a daily writing goal.

How do you do it all? I’m a freelance journalist with contract assignments. I’m a published non-fiction author of ‘Caring for Your Special Needs Dog’ working on my second book and I’m writing fiction work as well. I’m preparing to teach my first Write It Forward online workshop next month, Writing Moms: How to do it all without losing your mind. That’s right. The writing and other tasks associated with my business are just one part of my life. I’m a mother to a beautiful 14-month-old little girl, who “helps” me work from my at-home-office each day. Some days she is more help then others.

So, what is my trick? How do I stay sane and get anything done? First of all, I’ve accepted that just like any balancing act, there are good days and bad days. Have you ever balanced? Yes I mean literally balanced on one leg. I was a dancer until I had to quit after two knee surgeries. Some days my pirouettes (that would be a turn on the ball of your foot for non-dance people) were better then others. Not every day can be a great day.  That’s not a bad thing.  Accept it. I use the energy from my very productive days to push me through the more challenging days.

In reality, no one can master time management. It is a true balancing act. The best solution is to know what works for you. That is what I will teach next month in, Writing Moms. I cannot tell you what is the best way to manage your writing schedule around your family life. I can tell you what I do but everyone if different. I will share self-study techniques that I used to indentify the best plan for me. Over the month of October we will discuss the techniques, strategies and work from that experimenting by trial and error. It will be interactive and fun.

Whatever you write, whatever your situation is, time will always try to be your obstacle. However, I’m a firm believe that if you want something then you will find a way to achieve it. It’s not easy being a writing mom but I wouldn’t change a thing. And it builds character! I use to work in New York City on the Ave. of Americas and now I write, many times late into the night with a burp rag hanging from my shoulder. You can do anything!

Learn more/sign-up for Writing Moms: How to do it all without losing your mind

Natalie C. Markey is a freelance journalist of ten years. She is the author of ‘Caring for Your Special Needs Dog.’  In addition to multiple freelance contracts, she continues to write non-fiction as well as fiction. Markey speaks professionally about dogs from an owner’s perspective as well as tackling the major writing issue, how to have it all as a writer and a mother.  Markey is a graduate from Baylor University with a double BA in Journalism/Public Relations and Communication Specialist. She has worked for a NYC PR firm, been the youngest Business Development Director for a National advertising firm, served as the Creative Services Director for the fastest growing CBS affiliate in Texas and served as the Texas Spokesperson for the D.A.R.E. program.  A native Texan, Markey currently lives in an Arkansas forest with her supportive husband, daughter and dog, Oscar.

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