I know, I know . . . potty mouth.
But, lately I’ve been very frustrated with the amount of time my day job is taking away from my writing life. Now, I love my job and it is very fulfilling – I’m an attorney for U.S. Navy and you couldn’t have a better group of clients. And, this working thing isn’t new. I am not independently wealthy and while my husband is a few years older than I am – he’s no Sugar Daddy. (Although I hear that “the Hef” is now available and apparently has room at the mansion and rockin’ party already planned and paid for)
So, when I began down the path of publication and took this compulsion to write seriously, I always had to work it around the day job. I write in the evenings after the kids have gone to bed and I can usually get in a good 2-3 hours before my comfortable bed beckons from across the room. And, sometimes I can squeeze in extra time on my regular day off and my lunch hours. Not bad for a full-time, working mother.
I have excellent time management skills. I juggle my work and the supervision of three others and I fill-in for my boss when he is out. I’ve done this for years . . . so, what gives?
Lately work has been crazy and I’ve had a terrible time focusing when I do get a chance to sit down in front of the computer. Not a good thing when you’re trying to maximize your writing time.
So, I’ve decided to go back to basics and seek some help. Obviously, my life and workload have shifted so I need to re-adjust my time allocation and techniques to maximize my writing time. And, like any good attorney, I went looking for some research tools – some advice from others who have been there and bought the t-shirt.
So, I have started reading this:
We’ll see if it helps. It’s gotta be better than crawling into a fetal position and crying over blank pages.
What do you do to make time to write? What do you do when life throws you a curveball?