A to Z Blogging Challenge, The Writer, Writing Process

W is for Work vs Writing

One of the downsides of being an adult in my 30’s is I have to work to pay bills, eat, and to have any fun. I have found when left to my own devices my most productive and energetic time of day is around 1:00 pm.  (Though while in the office I get a little sluggish around that time).  When I used to work from home, I took a break everyday at one to do laundry, clean the house, write, or even workout.  Now that I am working in an office, I can’t take that time to be creative (or clean).  I used to get frustrated about it, but now if I get that motivation to write while at work, I open my OneNote file and write an outline or scene that is running through my head and then get back to working.

I don’t write everyday, heck sometimes I don’t even write once a week (even though I try to).  I credit part of that to writer’s block and other distractions, but mostly I believe it’s because I spend the entire day at work (7.5 hours of clocked timed and an hour of unpaid lunch, 8.5 hours total) at a computer.  There are days when I get home and the last thing I want to do is spend another moment staring at a screen.  This affliction becomes worse in the summer.  I want to go outside and enjoy the season.  If I really feel like writing I may take my laptop outside and work or I might even start writing on paper and worry about transferring my handwritten notes onto the Word document later.  Most days I don’t write at least not until it’s dark and I have settled down for the evening.

Writing is work to and it’s important for me to show up to my writing job.  Though for my mental stability, I can’t treat my writing job as full-time.  I have to give myself a break from pressures.  A year or so ago I wrote a post about showing up and respecting the craft, while I still believe I have to ‘show up’, I have realized now that I can’t treat it like I do any other job.  Adding the pressures of writing and being creative on demand just does not work for me.  I get frustrated easier and give up writing for longer periods of time than if I just play loose with the job / hobby.  I am still looking for the perfect process, but for now I’ll stick with what I know works.  For now that means writing when I feel inspired and attempting to sit down at least once a week and write something… anything really (book related or not).

It’s all about balance:  sometimes I win and other times I lose.


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