Whether you treat writing your book(s) as a hobby or a business, sometimes, we just need a break--and that's okay! Maybe you're working PT or FT, in between jobs, or in college. But some of us push ourselves more than others in the name of trying to get it all done. Well, I can relate. I'm going through that and a lot more right now. How do you manage?
I think the first thing to do is to acknowledge your level of passion and motivation first. Without knowing where you stand in your own endeavors, you certainly won't know how to manage it. Let's use myself for an example. This is a business for me. My passion, my hobby, but my business nonetheless. While working for my employer from 7:30-4:30 M-F, I give myself time frames to work on my book, not necessarily exact dates, because I straight up love to write. I also give myself time to do other things as well, but I easily know when it's time to buckle down and get back to work. For me, this is my second job, and I love looking at it that way -though it will always feel like a (very self-indulgent) hobby- but it lends a certain type of respect for my craft, even though my behind-the-scenes work goes unnoticed by other people. If you don't worry about making a profit now or down the line, then there's no point in calling it work. That just makes it a hobby that takes a lot of work.
The second thing to do is to determine what you want out of all of this. I will only address people who are doing this as a business, because I cannot relate to looking at writing as a hobby. Once you visualize what you want from all of this, then it's time to get down to business--literally!
Do you want to be rich? Do you want to be famous? Do you want to leave a legacy? You can choose one or all of these things, but you have to choose just how far you want to drive this thing. I know what I want out of all of this, and I believe in going hard and dreaming the loftiest dream my head can imagine. Someone is ready this, not knowing if they should even write one page of that book they want to write. If you haven't even started your process, then you're dreaming of writing and this is where you'll stay, that is, until you decide that someone wants to hear what you have to say. I'd rather start and not know where I'm going, just to at least get familiar with the process, then to sit and dream about it. Without action, dreams die. They fade into the abyss of reality like everything else. Don't let it happen to you. I've digressed, right?
Ahem. When you decide how far you wanna drive, park yourself and go do research. That's imperative. Only you know what to research. What are you trying to achieve? Now, that the light bulb's gone off, go sit in the dark with it and use the light to read the information in front of you. Because I can tell you that if I'm not writing, I'm researching. It's one or the other, baby. And it doesn't feel like that college research assignment that your dread to look up. For me, it's the best thing to look up with the professionals have to say, as well as people with blogs who have experience. Anytime I can get out of my head- because we don't have all the answers- is a humbling and great time for me. I'm love hearing what people have to say. I have a work experience in teaching, but you know what? I love being a student. I love learning from the best and from other people's trials and errors. Don't you?
If you wanna be a successful author, you'll have to formulate a plan. You'll have to put it into action. You'll have to make business your best friend. And luckily, I met that friend in college and got to know her real well. I should know. I paid to be her friend!