Like many in the world, I find myself working from home these days. While I did not think myself a work from home type of soul, I’m adjusting to a new timetable and way of doing things. I feel that it will be a healthier path for me, ultimately, but it has required some adjustments. One of the things that has suffered has been my writing routine. While I’ve carved out a few hours each Sunday to write blog posts (or not, if you’re a regular follower of this blog, you know there are weeks when it just doesn’t happen), I have yet to identify the ideal quiet time within my work week or even weekend to write creatively and work on my WIPs.
It’s sad, I miss my characters and I am at the point where I cannot contain the story lines that are popping up in my head throughout my life. They are like demons that must be exorcized. So I’m using this blog post to consider when in my regular schedule may be a good time to start trying out.
This would obviously be the ideal time for me to be writing so that I can do so with a fresh mind and heart, before the world has had a chance to wear me down. But, I’ve put together a pretty great morning routine and I don’t know that it will sustain another thing added to it. Maybe it will. I think this is the one I will try first, and see if I can manipulate my morning to find a half hour to write. Maybe it will catch on. Maybe I’ll crash and burn, who knows? Stay tuned.
My work day is complete between 4 and 4:30 p.m. each day depending on when I start my day and my workload. Knowing the pitfalls of work from home, I’m pretty religious about maintaining a consistent start and stop point, so, while I may continue with a task I’m in the groove with and work a bit later, it’s not usually the case. Sometimes, thereafter, I will work on some freelance work, meal prep, run to the grocery store, etc. But, perhaps I can get into the routine of going for a walk to clear my head and then returning to my computer to free write for a period of time?
These are just a no-go. With rising at 5:30-6:30 a.m. each morning, I’m burn out by 8 p.m. and ready for bed by 9:30. Mindless television or scrolling through Instagram is about all I got at that point. But, should the muse call to me, I’ll be sure to answer her.
Bottom line: I’ll need to try things out and then work on the routine from there. I know I’ll find my way back to my stories in time, I just need to make it a priority.