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.”
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.
Thanks, Pauline. I agree. It helps to move around and get things flowing again, including ideas!
Very inspiring! I need to get back on a daily writing schedule. Thanks for helping take the guilt out of the equation.