I’ve been writing again.
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Slowly, to be sure, and not terribly effectively, but I’m writing again.
I haven’t talked about it much here, but I’ve actually been really struggling to write lately. I haven’t had the mental and physical energy that I’ve needed to really devote myself to the task. In part, I think it’s because of the day job, which has some really unusual hours right now, and often gets me home well after 7:00 three days of the week. After then, by the time I eat and settle in, it’s bedtime. So those days aren’t writing days.
But I’ve also found it hard to settle into a good sleep on those days (only having two hours at home isn’t what I’m used to). Since the long days are usually Monday and Tuesday, sometimes Wednesday and rarely Thursdays, that means I’m exhausted by the end of the week and I need Thursday/Friday to catch up. Then comes the weekend, which will be very busy now that it’s summer.
I’m probably not struggling with anything that’s terribly unusual to most of my colleagues out there, but I’m finding it difficult right now. I’m also training for a 5K run at the end of June, trying to lose a little of the weight that I put on over the last few years (the side effect of some medication that I really needed), and attempting, however ineffectively, to spend some time with friends. Writing time is at a premium these days.
Which is par for the course for summer, really. I should be used to it by now, but this year it seems to be more of a struggle than usual. All the same, I did a little bit of writing/editing this weekend. It was mostly planning, since my motivation was stronger for that, and getting back into working again on something that I was motivated to do seemed logical, but at least I did it. Now I just need to sustain it. I should be good at this, since squeezing in bits of writing is all I preach during November, but I’m finding it harder to just edit for fifteen minutes like I could if I were writing. What I’m working on needs a bit of conscious thought and sustained effort. So I’m just going to have to experiment, I guess!
What are your tricks for writing when you don’t have much time?