Insecure Writers Support Group
This month’s $64,000 question:
How do you find the time to write in your busy day?
Like most people who work a day job to keep the lights on, I struggle to carve out bits of time to write whenever I can. Right now, it is lunch hours and Sunday afternoons. Most days I carry my lunch in, close the door, and spend the hour doing something related to my writing project. Lately I have been working on HTTS. Sunday is the only weekend day I can claim time regularly, and I usually get 2-3 hours of time in between switching identities as the Laundry Fairy.
I have experimented with early mornings. But there are two problems with doing “morning pages.” First, the vampire side of me has no interest in getting out of bed to write at a time when she would rather be getting into bed. Second, I have reached an age when I need to be serious about my health, so I do drag my Lilith self out early mornings for workouts that I am too tired to do after work. Roll your eyes all you want, your time will come, too. If you’re lucky.
I have also had spurts of writing after work, mostly when taking writing classes that included assignments with actual deadlines. This hasn’t been particularly successful, because the day job hours are often long or work needs doing in the evening. And frankly, after a day of dealing with people sucking the very soul out of me, all I want to do is drink
But all is not lost. I’m fortunate enough that I have a drop-dead date in the not-to-distant future for leaving the day job permanently to write full time, so I don’t stress out about this too much. I intend to enjoy my career as a writer and not bring the angst and drama that occupies so much of my day now. Other bonuses will include vampire hours and no people.
And I will live among the creatures of the night. [thank you Laura Branigan]
Many thanks to the awesome co-hosts for this edition of the IWSG blog hop: