Now that I’m back at work my days are much busier. I welcome the busy. It is a relief to have structure and routines again. I didn’t know how much I missed them until they were gone.
While I was at home with the kids I tried imposing work routines on myself, but I wasn’t very good at following them. Blog posts got done, because I felt accountable to my readers, but on fiction writing days I was only accountable to myself, and I’m a pretty lax boss.
On fiction days it was too easy to put the work off until some undefined ‘later’. Then the day would get away from me and I’d go to bed without a single new word written.
Now that I’m back at work the clock is my boss. I have one hour set aside in the morning to write. That’s all I get so I better use it.
When I get up in the morning I grab a cup of coffee and get to work. Some days the words come easily. Other days the words are all crap and I know the scene will either need heavy revisions or scrapped entirely.
But, good or bad, the writing gets done.
Rather than work against my writing goals, I find that working outside my home enables my writing. Knowing that I have a limited window to get some words on the page helps me tune out distractions like Facebook and Pinterest and all the other shiny crap on the internet.
Now that I’ve experienced too much structure and too little it’s good to have discovered a balance between the two.
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