I awoke before the sun the other day. Of course, I snoozed my alarm a few times and lamented having to get out of bed. But then I realized that this time is giving me so much. It is providing me with a chance to write before the stress of the 17 hour day settles in. And so I embraced it with gratitude.
It felt secretive---intimate---to be doing something while the rest of the world was hushed. Headphones in place, notebook at my side, espresso beans when I needed them. Just my work and words.
(Check out my essentials: caffeine, the amazingly large Post-It notes, colorful gel pens, hand lotion....)
These days, I have been trying to find ways to fit writing in with my schedule. I know that everyone is doing a million things on a daily basis, so I thought I'd share what has helped me:
1. Giving myself a 30 minute block to just write and do nothing else. For me, this required cutting out a television show.
2. Carrying a tiny notebook and jotting down bullet points of inspiration whenever they came.
3. Using a portion of my lunch hour to edit or plot the next chapter.
When I take a break, I do something entirely non-writing related, like running, yoga, dance, or oh yeah, study for classes. I'm always impressed by how so many writers balance their families, full time jobs, and other duties with their writing! I hope I can get to that level someday :)
How do you manage to write with your schedule?
What are the essentials in your work space?