Ever heard of a busman’s holiday?
Monday through Friday I read, re-write, edit, research, and write – rinse and repeat – all day long at my day job. When I get home in the evenings, I oftentimes have very little energy or motivation to open a book or sit down with my laptop to work on a project. In fact, in my down time I can be hard pressed to stare at any illuminated screen or printed page.
And yet, as a writer who wants to ramp up her own creative projects, I have to carve out time to work on my stories, and know I should be well-read with regards to current (and classic) material in my genre (such as the latest children’s best-sellers or Anne Lamott’s latest — here she talks about her reading habits). And then there’s researching the market, preparing for submittals, updating social media, making new friends here on WordPress, cooking, cleaning, laundry, and so on.
As with anything, I guess it’s a matter of managing my time and prioritizing my projects. Hence, the title of a previous post: Time to get Busy.
But I’m wondering – how do other working writers include writing into their daily/weekly lives? Do you find it important to read material germane to your publishing interests? If so, how often do you do this?
If you have a day job that gets in the way of completing your nebulous sci-fi thriller, how do you schedule your off-time to work on it? Weekly goals? Weekends? Word count goals? Scheduled deadlines? One or two nights a week? Early mornings?
What motivates you to work on the craft?