I've recently accepted a position as an editor with an e-publisher. Not long after that, I took on some freelance editing work. Soon I'll be doing even more of the same.
Which is great! I love editing. I enjoy helping writers grow, and I like few things better than helping writers make their work the best it can possibly be.
But I've already found a problem. It is very easy for me to get so caught up in my editing work that I completely ignore my own writing. Editing is not supposed to replace writing, for me. It is supposed to supplement it.
I don't want to quit editing, not by any stretch of the imagination. But I can't let it become the only thing I do, either.
That means it is time for me to re-prioritize.
I know a few others who balance their own writing with editing. In fact, it doesn't seem that they've slowed down in their production of new writing projects at all. They have set a schedule for themselves. Either the mornings are for editing and the afternoons are for writing, or their weekdays are spent on editing and the weekends are spent on writing.
I think I need to force myself into a schedule like that. In fact, I already know how I need to do it. My creativity is best in the afternoons, so that should be my writing time. And my critical eye is at its peak in the mornings, so that should be my editing time. Easy enough, right?
Let's see how well I can stick to my self-imposed schedule.
Have you taken on any new responsibilities that have interfered with your writing time? How have you coped with the change?