Too Much Time On My Hands?

I think I’m repeating myself, but hey, bear with me, yesterday wasn’t a good day……

The writer Thomas McGuane goes to his study every day at a set time and stays there for an allocated period. He says “I don’t have to write, but I can’t do anything else.”

Oh, if only I had a study…..if only I had a desk! lol.

I’ve tried a timetable, I’ve tried a schedule, but theres something just not right about having to use the dining room table ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Writing is hard. You need to find the right balance that combines willpower, relaxation, stubbornness, joy and determination. It’s not the easy option as a career move.

I don’t have any trouble writing every day, as such, but I do find it hard to get motivated and not just faff lol. Do you think Thomas McGuane faffs? ๐Ÿ˜‰

I think I have too much time to write lol…..don’t laugh, it’s not funny ๐Ÿ˜‰

Author Nicholson Baker said that through the years he has turned down tons of jobs because his life would be too easy, a regular income would lessen his need to write (Ian Rankin said the opposite when I attended a talk he gave, he needed the lack of time).

Soooo, does that mean I need to get a job? Lol….or that I just need to be a bit tougher on myself? Or even softer on myself? I’m not sure which ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

I need to remember the times when my creativity flowed, when writing was easy. Capture the feeling, the circumstances. The time of day, my mood, where I was and most importantly, what kind of thing I was working on. Set myself goals, short term ones, and rewards of course….I need lots of rewards!

Then think about all the obstacles that stand in my way. Decide how to overcome those obstacles.

But most importantly…..accept that the biggest obstacle is me and that if I really wanna do this, I need to stop procrastinating.

Yesterday’s prompt about stolen goods ended up being a little tale about a husband who brought home a present for his wife for mothers day…..a stolen gift ๐Ÿ˜‰ Today’s prompt is write about staying awake and believe me, I know all about that one ๐Ÿ˜‰

6 thoughts on “Too Much Time On My Hands?

  1. Morning Vikki
    I think it’s all about having balance in each area of your life. Maybe sit down and brainstorm how much time and effort you put into each area and see where the balance is wrong. It’s sort of like all eggs in one basket and maybe most of yours are in writing because you love it so much (but because it’s spread over a whole day it doesn’t appear much). Sometimes I stop and think that I’m not putting much time into housework. (but then who wants to do that? Possibly a bad example!).
    The other thing to think about it location – I get a lot out of the time I get on the train, in the library etc., but they are only 30 minute snippets of time. Do you do most of yours at home? Maybe you could be creative in where you do your writing – take your laptop to a cafe somewhere where they have wifi and set a time limit, or when the weather is nice have an hour in the park. You are doing brilliantly at the moment though – not many people have the enthusiasm to write every day like you. Sandra ๐Ÿ™‚


    • Hi Sandra ๐Ÿ™‚

      Knew I could rely on you for some words of advice ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Oh yes, exactly, apart from doing the housewifery type stuff, all I do is write! Lol

      Ahhhhh, yeah, I said before, I do envy your commutes ๐Ÿ™‚ One of my new year goals was to get myself out of the house 1 day a week, go out, do something on my own, but it’s been soooo cold ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

      Thanks hon…..I think that could be the answer, I need to get out of this bloody house more lol



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