perils with writing and whatnot
I really am baffled these days. Yesterday I published a post about how writing software and the Windows 8.1 are so screwy. Yesterday afternoon I was reading a post written by Jami Gold about being organized. I’ve been trying to be organized ever since I married Hubby — to no avail.
Being a writer is difficult enough. This is the one activity I have come back to time and time again since I learned how to write full sentences. (I loved first grade.) The words fall onto the paper/ screen a little faster than they did so long ago, but it’s still a struggle even when it appears that the words are flowing like a river — well, with me, it’s never gotten past flowing like a small stream. Yet, because I love doing it for some unexplained reason, I keep trudging along.
Hubby doesn’t share this love with me. He used to way back when he was in high school, before I knew him. He showed me some of his poems — good stuff. Somewhere along the way he lost his interest in it. Now he doesn’t have a clue as to what is needed for a writer to do his or her best at this craft. Moreover, he turns a deaf ear to what I ask of him concerning my writing. He doesn’t do it maliciously. He just cannot understand how important this activity is to me.
What does this have to do with being organized, you ask. I did so well with my entire life when I had a set schedule 24/7. I can fill all the slots of time with worthwhile activities, and that included R&R. Trying to find a schedule that will work everyday while living with Hubby has, so far, been an impossibility. He’s one of those people who do things at the last minute, never thinking about any unforeseen setbacks. Because of this way of life, he ends up spending more time and money doing things that actually should have already been done.
Be that as it may, I do have 8 hours during the workweek that are exclusively mine. I get housework done, read blogs, answer email, send email, read chapters in books, and yes, I do get a little writing in there. Nevertheless, I also get phone calls. I really despise the phone. No matter what ringtone I have, where I have the contraption in my home, or how important the call may be, I hate the phone. When PCs had to be on dialup to be online, I was in heaven. No one could reach me by phone. (I didn’t have a cell phone.) Unfortunately, I was in a phase of doing web graphic then, so of course, I wasn’t spending that time writing.
Are you going to tell me to unplug my phone? That really isn’t a good idea. I’ll have everyone at my door wondering if I’m dead. The beauty of the dialup was everyone thought I was fine and was just having a long conversation with someone.
What this all boils down to is I’m having a hell of a time trying to find a schedule that will allow me at least two hours of uninterrupted time of writing every day. With this problem though, is another one that is purely mine. I did have a time set up for these five days of eight-hour solitude. But then I lost my writing momentum. I won’t call it a block because that isn’t the right word. I could find things to write about, just not what I had intended to write. I believe this is called a lack of discipline, an unwillingness to break down the barrier between my obstacle and my goal.
The past few days and today I’ve been having some minor digestive problems. No, I do not have the flu. Anyway, I’ve been using home remedies and sleeping to fight this germ off. In the process I’ve discovered that I needed the sleep anyway. Now my gumption to write seems to be back.
I can only hope I can keep this going. Does anyone out there have some creative ideas that will help me with scheduling and discipline?
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