A month and a half ago, I left my full-time job. Woo hoo, I thought, now I’ll have more than enough time for full-time writing and I’ll finish my new novel in a New York minute. Well, not so fast.
Even though the whole day is mine, stretching out before me like the road to Oz, there seem to be so many other things that muscle in on my writing time.
There are errands and food shopping—a person has to eat, right?
Or catching up with friends who were always worried I’d be too busy for a conversation.
And of course, the triple threat: Email, Facebook and Twitter. They reach out to me the moment I sit down at the computer. I could justify all this attention paid to social media as beneficial input rather than procrastination. Sort of.
There seem to be hundreds of obstacles that get in the way of writing my work in progress, including writing about not writing it.
I guess I’m still getting used to finding a routine. When I was working, I got everything in, including writing time. Maybe it was because I knew I had to make it fit; that my opportunities weren’t as numerous as the day is long
So how about you? What’s your writing routine and how do you make it work?