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.