Now that the school year has started (both at the high school where I teach and classes for my MFA program), I knew I had to figure out a way to juggle it all. Between grading, lesson planning and completing MFA classwork, I'm pretty much drained during the week
So I came up with a solution that's been working pretty well with my revisions.
I printed out the draft of my book and Monday-Friday I go over the draft and write notes, cross things out (sometimes lots of things) and mark areas where I want to add more. This works well. This works really well. While it does involve some thinking, it's thinking over something that's already been written.
The weekend is my time to create new writing (usually areas I marked in my draft where I want to expand scenes, review or create whole new ones). My husband (it's still kind of strange to say that!) understands that I need one day a weekend to dedicate to my writing. I've been packing up and heading to my favorite Starbucks at Barnes and Noble, where I plug my headphones into my Mac and write, write, write. It's easier to write on the weekend, because my mind is not already jumbled up with all the other stuff from the day.
I'm slowly but surely making my way through my first draft and seem to have found a happy balance to work, writing, school and life.
At least until I get my first editorial letter from my editor. I'm pretty good at juggling, but I'm not sure how I'm going to fit in revising a book and writing one! Yikes!
What about you? How do you try to keep balance?