Summer is here and I have two teens home from high school. It’s a blessing and a curse. Although I’m enjoying a different pace, I already miss the chance to sneak in any daytime writing. I’m too busy coordinating their schedules: part-time jobs, online classes, chauffeuring the youngest to all his activities.
I’ve also been doing a lot of contract work lately, too. Another blessing and a curse. Of course, I love the extra cash and my husband is almost giddy about it, but again, that’s even less time to work on novel #5 (second in the Pennies from Burger Heaven series).
There’s a life lesson here for all writers, whether you have kids or not, work outside the home or not, plan to publish or not. In order for your writing to survive during difficult times, you must learn to…
Relax into the chaos around you.
For me, I know that from now until August 24 when school starts, my early morning sessions (5 – 7 am) are my only guaranteed writing time. Period. That’s not good or bad, it’s my current reality. Still, I needed to make personal changes before losing my mind.
Chaos is a Friend of Mine
What’s the current turmoil in your world? Are you in the middle of moving homes? Is your dad in the hospital and you’re exhausted from living up there? Or, is it happy pandemonium? Nothing can turn a family on its ear faster than a new baby.
Mentally fighting this change of routine was kicking my arse. It didn’t improve my situation one bit: the kids were still in and out of the house and the mental warfare exhausted me.
I finally waved the white flag and surrendered to the situation. This acceptance has improved my world greatly, on and off the page.
Two hours of writing time per day is not bad. In fact, it’s pretty great. I have friends who’d give anything for that much time and focus. What’s interesting is I’ve been taking about the same number of blog posts and book pages each week to my critique group for their review.
They don’t think my time crunch is hurting my writing at all.
That gave me a huge mental boost.
So, why was I complaining?
Because someone moved my cheese, changed my routine, went off script from my managerial directives.
Maybe you cannot mange two hours of writing per day, much less per week, or even within a month. There are times when your world feels too overwhelming, stressful and consuming to remove yourself from the crisis at hand. Illness, financial stresses, divorce, addiction, death can bring even the strongest to your knees. You need to ride it out until you can get back to your computer.
Other times, you have to admit you’re being a wee-bit lazy and using life as an excuse to not write. Maybe, you need to stop whining like me and just write, despite the craziness around you. The only change I needed was a change of attitude.
Only you know the answer to that question. Should you ride out, or write out the storms in your life?
Face your truth, then respond accordingly.