September IWSG Blog Hop

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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 blood wine.

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]

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Many thanks to the awesome co-hosts for this edition of the IWSG blog hop:

C. Lee McKenzie
Rachel Pattison
Elizabeth Seckman
Stephanie Faris
Lori L MacLaughlin
Elsie Amata!

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18 Responses to September IWSG Blog Hop

  1. Juneta says:

    LOL, good for you. I like our attitude. Great post.
    Juneta @ Writer’s Gambit

  2. emaginette says:

    Well, I hope the change brings you nothing but happiness no matter when or how much you write. πŸ™‚

    Anna from elements of emaginette

  3. Lee says:

    Thanks Anna. I’m pretty sure that the frustrations will surface. But hey, I live in a fantasy world in my head.

  4. VR Barkowski says:

    I used to write during my lunch hour when I worked a day job. Now that I write full time, I can attest that vampire hours are the best. The hours between midnight and 3 am are perfect for writing. πŸ™‚

    VR Barkowski

  5. My vampire side does not want to be up when the sun rises either. I need my sleep or nothing will get done the next day, and no one will want to be around me. Not even me!

  6. Yeah I’m not rising early in the morning to do anything with chronic exhaustion. I’d end up keeling over and one day injuring myself. Write when it’s best for you and I’m glad you have a plan in place. That’s important.

    • Lee says:

      There definitely are different times when writing is at its best. I seem to get a second wind in the evening, so I’m looking forward to the day when I don’t have to go to bed at a “decent hour.”

  7. Angela Wooldridge says:

    Ha ha! I like your attitude too πŸ˜‰ And your description of the laundry fairy is bang on!

  8. I can’t wait to hear more about the ‘leave the day job’ date. I was so excited about mine. I smiled for months–before and after.

    • Lee says:

      I’m definitely excited! I just tell myself that I can do anything for X number of months because I don’t have to do it for the rest of my life. And it makes me smile! πŸ™‚

  9. I’m glad to hear you’ll soon be leaving the daytime world of wage slavery to join the legions of full-time scribblers. Best of luck with the transition!

    • Lee says:

      I’m leaving the wage-galleys a bit early for the profession (although not as early as you did!) and I don’t intend to look back!

  10. cheriereich says:

    I sometime toy with the idea of getting up early to write, but I already use that time to exercise, and I don’t want to get up even earlier. Ugh! Bits and pieces of writing time still add up, though. πŸ™‚

    • Lee says:

      You seem to have figured out the perfect system for your writing – we should be taking notes! I do agree – I do small bits and pieces as snatches of dialogue or an idea comes to me even when I am just out and about. It does add up.