Since I found my passion for writing I’ve been pretty strict about setting aside time every single day to work on writing. It has worked well for me I’ve published eight books I’ve written more than that. Writing every day has help me build up a routine and take my career seriously. So why am I changing up my schedule? The short answer is I’m tired. I’ve been writing every single morning since 2017 when I started my first book; Merciless Queen. I started by getting up at five am and writing before work and I’ve pretty much kept that routine. But, for some reason starting at the end of last year waking up at 5 am became nearly impossible. Its almost like my body was rebelling against me. No matter what time I went to sleep I could not get myself up at 5 am. So I changed my wake up time to six. I could still get my words in but I only had 30 or so minutes in the morning and many times I’d finish up my word count on my lunch break or when I got home from lunch. With quarantine this schedule hasn’t really changed except the fact that I’ve also been writing at night. Quarantine has been really good for my writing and my creativity, my fast-pace world has slowed down and I’ve been able to hear my ideas and I have the time to get them on paper. But, I’ve realized in order for me to write the best I can and not feel like I’m sprinting to a finish line I need to have quiet. And as my state comes out of quarantine I’ve analyzed how I can create that quietness in my every day life.
My solution is to make changes to schedule that I’ve been following for the last 3+ years. Starting this week I’m only writing three days a week; Saturday, Sunday, and Tuesday. In order to keep my word count up I’ll have to get about 3,000 words per session. When I’m writing every day that kind of word count would be a struggle but when I’m only writing three days a week I’m spending the entire rest of the week filling up my creative well.
This is scary for me I won’t lie. It makes me anxious thinking about it but I know that I perform better at my day job when I haven’t been up staring at a computer for a hour already and I know I can concentrate more on my writing when I don’t have a time limit/ place to rush off to.
I was worried about using my weekends for writing because in my mind I should take those days off but then I realized I’ve been writing on weekends for a long time. I always tell myself that I’m not going to do any writing but every single weekend I find myself in front of my laptop typing away.
I believe this new schedule will be good for a few reasons.
- More time to explore our creative passions such as this blog that I want to start working on again.
- Less rushed writing time.
- More time to focus on administrative and advertising work for the publishing side of the business.
I will keep you all updated on my progress!