The last few days at the Day Job have been ridiculously busy for some reason, and it’s all I could do to juggle that with my writing. I’ve been using my work breaks and the occasional slow moment to get some daily words or revision or blog entries done. (As it happens, I’m writing this during my afternoon break on Thursday.) It seems that right off the bat my Day Job wants to scupper all my Best Laid Plans.
Well, not this time.
Instead of saying hell with it and chalking it up as another lost day, I’m going in the exact opposite direction. Easier said than done, of course, but it can be done if I put my mind to it.
One thing I noticed was that trying to write longhand during the day wasn’t quite working out, as it was too much of a mental whiplash from the number crunching I get paid for. So that’s been moved to the evening, and my former evening work — the final revision of Lidwells — was moved to the afternoons. I saw a huge improvement almost immediately on both projects, as I don’t need as much concentration for revision as I do for writing new prose. I may change it back once things settle down, but we shall see.
And as for the blogging and the daily words and whatnot…well, those are still floating around under the banner of ‘whenever I happen to have a few spare minutes’. Sometimes I’ll write these during those slow Day Job moments, sometimes I’ll squeeze them in just before I start my evening work. But they’re getting done regardless.
Point being, I’ve learned — remembered, really — that sometimes I have to get a little creative if I want to Write All The Things. I say ‘remember’ because this is the exact process I used during the Belfry years. Now as then, it’s a matter of committing myself to it and carving out the time. If that means sneaking in a quick 300-word blog post during office hours, I’m fine with that. That work email can wait another fifteen minutes before I get back to it. I consider this a brief and healthy mental distraction so I can get back to Day Job work with a bit more clarity.