Tuesday, July 27, 2010

How do you make time for your own writing?

I’m thinking about this because I’m planning my fall semester and wondering how to squeeze in everything. After a year of balancing full-time work and full-time school, I’m ditching work in a month to focus on school.

When I decided to quit, I daydreamed about mornings spent writing fiction, blogging, and reading and afternoons brainstorming with my campaign partners, writing copy, and going to class. Evenings would be for recharging.

Then I decided that I should do an internship, which (if I, cross-my-fingers, get one) will knock out of a few of my days and push much of my school and personal work into the evenings.  It all seems to fit into my artfully arranged Google Calendar—even a few hours of personal writing a week—but there’s not a lot of time for anything else.

So, can it work? Will I be energized from all the activity? Or will I be too zonked to write anything but ads this fall? If so, will that be okay?

Here’s what I’m going to try:

Scheduling hour-long “Creative Writing” appointments in the mornings.
A lot of people recommend writing first thing, but that’s my best exercise time, so I’m going to try writing a few times a week second thing in the morning. 

Committing to exercise, including yoga a couple times a week.
Adding something else to my plate sounds counterintuitive. But, for me, exercise is better than coffee. (I know, what kind of writer am I?) It wakes me up and clears my brain, so I'm trying to make it a priority.

Banishing the time-sucks.
This one is going to be hard. After a long day, I often think that I don’t have enough energy to do anything except veg in front of the TV. If that’s really true, I should just go to bed because The Real Housewives of Wherever isn't relaxing or stimulating. It's just a time-suck. Same goes of reading every last comment on Jezebel.com (I *love* that site) and obsessively checking Facebook/Email/Twitter/etc. 

Alright, I think that’s enough resolutions. I’ll let you know how it goes.

In the meantime, how do you squeeze everything in and keep your energy high? Or do you not even bother with personal creative projects?

Also, three articles that inspired me:

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