Monday, April 1
Happy April Fool's Day!
Now is the time, since it's April Fool's Day, that I should say something like, "I quit! I can't finish this book! Ever!" But, no, I'm not going to say that. I may have thought it many times, but I truly believe if you've never thought about quitting, you just haven't written--or suffered--enough.
Instead, I'm going to tell you what I'm doing that is working. For my psyche if not for the manuscript.
As you know, I retired two years ago. (Of course you knew--it's all I talked about for months. Weren't you listening?) I was ready, after over 40 years on the clock, to work without a schedule, to take afternoons off sometimes, to work whatever hours I wanted. I've done that. And I've loved it. But productivity has been...well, unproductive. I promote, I spend way too much time on Facebook, I write blog posts, but something hasn't quite clicked as far as the writing goes.
When I was in Florida--yes, I know, I talked about that a lot, too--I got even less done than before. I began to consider going the "I quit!" route. I whined. I read advice but didn't take it. Read lots of books and loved them and knew quitting wasn't yet an option.
A few weeks ago, I sat down at the computer on Saturday morning, like I always do, and stared resentfully at the manuscript, which had only moved about 50 not-publishable words since Friday morning at the same time. And I thought, I'm old. I'm retired. I don't have to work Saturdays and Sundays.
Just that easily, I went back to a semi-day-job schedule. On the weekends, I read without guilt, sew without guilt, and write blog posts because they're owed or just plain fun. While I'd love to say I'm writing 20 wonderful pages a day, I'm not, but I find I'm looking forward to Monday mornings and that there are always more words at the end of the day than there were at the beginning.
I'm a routine, linear type person--I need a schedule. I don't know what ever made me think I didn't. Have a great week. Happy writing.