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What to do on days when your writing takes a back seat to the rest of your life

Some days are just rougher than others. Yesterday was one of them. I woke up at 6:30 and knew I should have gotten out of bed to write for an hour or two before my hubby and the cats were up. But I didn’t. I fell back asleep, waking at 8:30 to a ringing phone and the beginning of my workday.

It was a long day of dealing with the little stuff—answering customer questions, paying bills, compiling marketing lists, shipping, creating content for a product brochure, etc. But despite giving my all to every task (and doing a damn good job, by the way), I was left feeling underappreciated and devalued. It was a sucky kind of day.

So, at the end of my workday, instead of killing somebody, I made a list of alternatives:

  • call a friend who unconditionally loves and appreciates me;
  • hit the gym to work out some of those frustrations;
  • drink a shot of cinnamon whiskey (thanks to my son and his new bride for introducing me to this tasty little demon);
  • clear my writing space, which includes telling everybody else to leave the house for the evening;
  • write two blog posts to prove to myself that I can still put sentences together;
  • revise a chapter that needs a different ending;
  • sketch out a new scene for tomorrow morning’s writing time;
  • go to bed earlier than midnight and set an alarm so I can get up in the morning bright-eyed and bushy-tailed for my writing.

I view the rough days as fodder. As long as I can look back and acknowledge what I could have done differently, I know that I can create a different day tomorrow.

I won’t try to have a better day. I will have a better day, because I’ll make sure that what I value most, my writing time, comes first.

Like Yoda says, “Do or do not. There is no try.”

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  1. Yes, there are days which slip through my fingers, too. But my husband is slowly training me (!) not to look back in a grump, but to do it differently tomorrow. And I do find that some kind of exercise is not only a great mood booster, but a great time to think up new story ideas.

    December 14, 2012
    • Thanks, Pauline. I agree. It helps to move around and get things flowing again, including ideas!

      December 14, 2012
  2. Juniper #

    Very inspiring! I need to get back on a daily writing schedule. Thanks for helping take the guilt out of the equation.

    December 17, 2012

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