Wednesday, August 10, 2011

So Much Time...So Little To Do

Today’s RTW Question from YA Highway: What time do you prefer to do your writing? Early Worm? Night Owl ? Any five seconds you can grab?

Last summer pre-job I had a fantastic writing schedule that worked marvelously for me. Every morning I would sleep in a bit (waking up around 8:30-9:30), check all the job boards while eating breakfast, and then write for a good couple hours before doing household chores, my volunteer work at the library, or getting together with friends. I’m my most productive in the morning and I was able to bang out a solid revision in a few months. It was great.
Now, (although I’m most certainly not complaining about having my job!) it’s harder to find time to write. I obviously can’t write during weekday mornings. And I don’t want to wake up early to start writing every weekend when those are the only days I can sleep in and be a bit lazy. I’ve tried setting a weeknight writing schedule but, inevitably, networking happy hours and plans with friends and (oops!) naptime/bedtime gets in the way. So, right now, I write whenever I can get a chunk of time—last weekend I was actually really productive (but I’m going on vacation next week so that kind of cancels it out!).
Since I expect to be working and writing for years to come, I’m going to have to learn how to balance both…someday (hopefully soon!) I’ll figure it out!


  1. I definitely connected with your response since I'm in the trying-to-make-the-most-of-my-unemployed-summer stage, fearing what will happen to my precious writing time when I'm back to work. Best of luck with figuring out your writing schedule!

  2. I'm impressed by your motivation while you were unemployed! I find that it's really hard to be productive without a schedule.

  3. I agree with Crystal--I'm most unproductive when I'm not shirking off things I'm actually supposed to be doing in favor of writing. Kudos to you!

  4. You will figure it out. And then things change, and you adjust to that. I am actually at my best in the morning, but I do like the occasional day to sleep in. :)