So I'm struggling lately. I gave myself a little bit of a break last week, figuring that if I left the synopsis alone for awhile, I'd be able to look at it with fresh eyes. And, over the weekend, I declared it done. Mailed off the sample chapters yesterday.
Now it's time to get started with volume two of my series. So I was hoping to do some planning and pre-writing yesterday. And I just ran out of time. I've got a lot of demands on my time. While I no longer have the cat with the feeding tube (sadly, I had to have her euthanized last week, she got too weak to lift her head and her liver was starting to fail), I am trying to finish up a project at school, trying to find a job, trying to exercise (started P90X last week, it's not as killer as I thought it would be but I have exercised quite a bit in the past and I think if I keep increasing the weight I'm using, eventually I'll get to the right place...but I digress), trying to clean my condo a little (kind of gave up on that while writing the dissertation and preparing for my defense), trying to get back into doing kundalini yoga. The thing is, when I actually get a job, I'll have even less free time. So I've got to figure out how to work the writing in.
Unfortunately, that usually ends up being in the evening. And I am not at the top of my game in the evening. I get sleepy. If I call my boyfriend, I start to say things that don't make sense, or else just sit there without saying anything and not even realizing how quiet I'm being. Much as I hate to admit it, I've become a morning person. I was definitely not like this when I was in my teens (and even twenties), but not in my (gasp) mid-30s, my brain is at its best before noon. And I can usually push my way through afternoon work. But at 9PM? I might be able to read in the bathtub. I'm not good for much else.
So...do I switch, and do writing in the morning and yoga in the evening? That's one possibility. I'd be better at writing earlier in the day, and more flexible and warmed up for yoga in the evening. I haven't figured it all out, but I know that if I want to be a writer, it's up to me to fit writing into my schedule.
I'm sure you're all tired of hearing about me and my life and my struggles with writing and submission of my manuscript. And just as soon as I can come up with something else to write about, you'll read it here.
In the meantime, how about an attempt to make this more interactive? If you write, when do you do it?