Writing and full-time teaching

I wrote this in 2019. Just came across it again. My loose thoughts on a random post-writing, pre-COVID evening…

Balancing writing alongside teaching (and other) commitments isn’t always easy. I try to be realistic about the amount of time I can give to writing. My general rule is that I never take on writing projects which require over 20 hours a week – that’s when things start to get stressful. Having said that, sometimes you just can’t turn the work down, especially when it’s a gamechanger for your career.

I’m more of a supps writer: digital resources, workbooks, and so on. But when I was asked to write a student book recently I jumped at the chance. Who wouldn’t? One of the world’s biggest publishers comes calling – I was hardly going to say ‘Er, sorry. That will max out my 20 hours-a-week quota’. Pfff. Clear the schedule, stockpile the ingredients for a post-writing Negroni. Let’s do this.

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