July 16, 2008 § 8 Comments
Becca’s prompt this week: How does writing fit into your daily life? What’s your ideal time to write, and why? Do you “write on schedule” or “when the spirit moves you”?
A writing schedule? What a good idea, I say to myself. But wait, I have freelance deadlines to meet. And as soon as those are met, then I’ll schedule myself in terms of creative writing. Ahahaha! And so it goes…I hand in a project, settle down to look at what day of the week I will reach what goal regarding my own writing and, oops, here’s another contracted project suddenly to which I cannot say “no” and so the personal “writing schedule idea” takes a back seat while I pound out the contracted piece.
I do grease the wheels with journal writing (and don’t allow whining in there – only writing exercises and observations) and I have three creative pieces, meaning no one has asked for them – they are like rear wheel drive – I have to keep pushing them from behind, use my own power without the word “deadline” to keep them moving, and they are thus inching along.
Bottom line: I work best in the morning on my own stuff.
I work best in the evening on freelance.
I think it has to do with the light.
In the morning, with the sunrise, there is all that promise and space in front of me and working on a short story or photo journal stretches out before me, seemingly endlessly.
(Then off to work I go).
And in the evenings, when I’m working to a freelance deadline, there is a goal, a work to finish, with the diminishing of light, the dark, the slow creep of fatigue and I tell myself to stay sharp, get it done and the reward is rest, reading, a bit of TV and laughing with my husband HM who tolerates my sometimes nutty “schedule.”
Weekends? Bliss. Early on both days I blog, stretch, read, journal and slip into working on my own creative stuff. For which I should likely set a deadline…? Nah.