However, the reverse wasn’t true; the change didn’t serve my writing. My writing room became the day job office. My work as an attorney had never been a nine-to-five job in the first place, but leaving a physical office helped with the switch to the writing brain cells. Turning around in the chair from one desk to another sucked as a transition.
What I didn’t realize until I met a few fellow authors for a holiday lunch was the effect of social deprivation. After spending hours of solitude, I turned to going out more with friends. I never knew how important interaction with people was to me. Time previously spent writing turned to competing on a trivia, scrapbooking, cooking, or simply doing a jigsaw puzzle over a glass of wine with friends.
The benefit has been a priceless deepening bonds of friendship; the downside is -0- writing. Soo…with the new year, I am going back to basics by making a contract with myself: to get up earlier to write. Before I go to bed, I will set up my laptop on the dining room table. In the morning, after I walk my dog, I will hit the keyboard until it’s time to go to ‘work’.
This routine will leave evenings and weekends to have fun with my friends. Obviously, page production will take a hit. When I became serious about writing, I kept a page count so that when I did sell my first book, I was able to estimate realistic deadlines. I will go back to tracking. Together with my agent, I have set a first quarter writing plan of action.
New Year, new game plan.
What writing goals have you set for yourself?
: ) Carol Stephenson