How Do You Balance Writing, Reading & Life’s General Distractions?

I love to read and as a writer I know that reading the work of others is just as important as writing my own stories.  I have an entire book shelf filled with books on my ‘to-read’ list for this summer, but I find it to be a bit of a challenge to find a balance to do both while juggling an already hectic lifestyle with a job, active kids, and a husband.  Add to it the fact I’ll be releasing my children’s chapter book this summer, JENNIE FOWLER NIGHTTIME PROWLER, so will  be busy promoting it, and I need to have the next book in the series completed by the end of July.

Every time I read a book I’m reminded of how much I like to read so as soon as I finish one I want to start another which means I get little, if any, writing accomplished when I go into reading mode.

Some might say to just stop reading and focus on writing because that would be the logical thing to do, right? The problem with that strategy is that I learn a lot about writing from every book and I know reading others’ work really helps to improve my own writing.  It’s also important to know what’s out there to stay competitive and unique.

I think if I just quit my day job I could easily solve this dilemma.  I’m just not sure my husband would be too pleased with my decision!

So, help me out people.  How do you balance reading, writing, and life’s other distractions?

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