For those of you that don’t already know me: I am married (13 years), and we have 2 boys (ages 10 & 4). I work a full time job where today I am celebrating my 10 year anniversary. I also have a 25+ mile commute where I mostly spend my time listening to the Stern show on Sirius. In August my family combined households with my husband’s parents, and we now share a big home together. To say that my life can be crazy at times is a complete understatement! I am stressed. Most of the time I have trouble being happy, and staying happy. I just always feel like I am juggling my free time and how to best spend it, and every day I wake up with guilt for the choices that I made. Someone or something is always suffering!
It is never easy for me to find time to write. I have been so creatively backed up that it actually hurts! So where and how do I find the time to blog? Well, it’s pretty tricky, but I write most of my first drafts while I am at work. I only do this AFTER I have completed all of my real work, of course. I also only use my breaks and lunch hours, but honestly, I have a phenomenal boss, and a good job. With my busy season at work quickly approaching I thought I must have been losing my mind for signing up for this class when I did. Writing while at work can not only be tricky, but it can also be down right dangerous! I am constantly paranoid of being found out by others, and 2 minutes ago I had to rush to the printer when I heard someone say out loud “Who writes this shit?!” It was a colleague referring to a research article. Whew! I feel like I can breathe again. I had thought for a brief moment I had accidentally hit PRINT on my current draft.
When I am not at work I am always carrying around with me a blue tote that contains:
- one spiral notebook
- one white 3-ring binder (w/365 writing prompts in print)
- an assortment of pens
- one copy of Bird by Bird, by Anne Lamott
The binder serves as inspiration for the times that I want to write, but I don’t know where to begin, and the book I treat more like a reference tool than an actual book. I began this practice of carrying my tote after having spent far too many hours in the waiting rooms at doctors offices where I sat still writing stories in my head. I also never have any way of knowing when I will be inspired or when I will find the time to write. When the urge to get a story out hits me I need to be prepared like this or that spark will fade away so quickly.
Something that I need for my creative space is chaos and some good tunes. As long as I have some dim lighting and a pair of earbuds I can tune out the rest of the world around me. I really dig Neil Young when I am writing, and the sounds of a thunder and rain storm. Youtube is fantastic for providing me with hours of uninterrupted and endless selections of both!
I really don’t think that I have any writing habits, and if I do they are not good ones. I want to be more disciplined with my writing, but how?
Do you have any suggestions or great ideas?
Do you know how I get rid of that pesky Html under my contact page? 😉 I figured that out!!!! Yeah!!!
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Day 6: Writing 101