Wednesday, June 15, 2016

A Writer’s Life by Kimberly Rose Johnson

Honestly, as I read Kimberly Rose Johnson's post with tips for keeping your writer sanity, the thing that popped into my mind was "What she said!" -- Sandy

Kimberly: In the early stages of our writing journey we are inundated with you must do this or that to get published—build your platform, read books on the craft, go to writer’s conferences, and read books in the genre you want to be published in. Those are all good things, and yes, you need to do them, but it can become overwhelming, especially after you have been published and your list of must do items grows.

I currently have eleven published books and a twelfth will release June 30th. I never would manage to juggle marketing, writing, social networking, continued education, coming up with new story ideas, and the plethora of other things we do if I hadn’t learned discipline early on in my writing life. I have a weekly writing goal, and a list of things that must be accomplished each week to stay on schedule and meet my deadlines. Did you notice I didn’t say daily goals? Ideally I break my word count into five even days, but sometimes the words don’t come, life gets in the way, or I am inspired and write double what I’d planned. The key is, to reach my goal by Friday.

I would get burned out if I didn’t take at least one day off a week. This is usually Saturday. I have to give my eyes and mind a break from the business of writing. I have found I am more productive overall when I take a day off.

The key to success for me is to keep my focus on the Lord. When I get so caught up in what needs to be accomplished that I forget about Him, things don’t go as well as when I include Him in my day. I encourage you to take time out daily to spend with the Lord.

The other thing that keeps me sane and on track is knowing my limits. I refuse to over schedule myself. Yes I am busy, and yes there are times I wonder why I do this to myself, because quite frankly, I get tired. That is when I am especially thankful I didn’t over commit my time, because otherwise I wouldn’t meet my deadlines, and my final product would suffer.

I encourage you today, to take control of where your time is spent. Just as a scene should always be moving a story forward, so should your choices on how you spend your time. Make sure those choices move you in the right direction and toward your end goal, don’t over commit, and most importantly keep the Lord number one in your life. 

Can you share other tips that work for you when it comes to keeping your writer sanity?


Kimberly Rose Johnson married her college sweetheart and lives in the Pacific Northwest. From a young child Kimberly has been an avid reader. That love of reading fostered a creative mind and led to her passion for writing.
She especially loves romance and writes contemporary romance the warms the heart and feeds the soul.
Kimberly holds a degree in Behavioral Science from Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.
You can connect with Kimberly via her website at:


  1. Kimberly, wise words, words I try (sometimes unsuccessfully) to heed and observe. Thanks for sharing some excellent advice.

    1. I agree, it is difficult to achieve this 100% of the time.

  2. Thanks so much, Kimberly. This is a great list of tips to have a successful writing life. I agree with you, though. The BIG one is keeping your focus on the Lord.

    Great post!

  3. This is a crazy life we've chosen. There are so many more aspects to it than just writing, and the list can feel overwhelming. Thanks for your words of wisdom and encouragement!

    1. Yes, I agree it really can feel overwhelming.

  4. I'm finally getting to that point where I'm realizing I can't do everything I'd like to do. If I try, my writing time suffers. I have to prioritize. Great reminders, Kimberly!

  5. I wish I could find balance in my writing. I need time off, but when I take time off one day leads to more than it should. I know that is lack of discipline on my part.

    I love the reminder to focus on the Lord. It is easy to lose sight of Him when we get buried in the business.


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