My writing routine needs some tweaking. So far in June I’ve been surviving but not exploding. My productivity’s been fair but not furious.
First I’m going to write at a different time of day. I’ve always been a morning person, and for the last two years I’ve been writing primarily in the mornings. But recently I switched to writing in the afternoons, and it worked well for a while. My wife is at work in the afternoons, and my friends and family in the States are all asleep (because of the Korea->America time difference). The other thing I like about writing later in the day is, there’s a little more pressure. I’m a person who needs pressure and deadlines. And in the morning I often feel like, “well, if I don’t finish, I can always finish later today.” That’s why I made the switch from mornings to afternoons.
But lately I’ve felt like my energy is drained by the time I get around to writing. Too many other errands pop up and distract from the writing. So I’m going to switch back to mornings. And it isn’t an easy switch – it involves readjusting my whole week and time schedule. I simply can’t wake up at 5 or 6am unless I’m in bed by 9 or 10pm. It’s easy for a day, but I can’t sustain it over time unless I make it a habit.
The other thing I need to change is I need to prep these blog posts on the weekends. Each one of these posts takes me 1 or 2 hours to write, re-write, and post. So some days I’m frustrated when, only having an hour of free time to write, I have to focus on the blog-posts instead of my stories. The stories are the number one priority, so I can’t afford to push them aside. Also, if I don’t write stories every day then I quickly start to lose the groove, the flow, the ease of jumping in and out of the creative mind. So if I can prep these blogs on the weekend (which I’ve done a couple times but not often), then I can really pave a good path for myself going into the week.
Sometimes a change is worth it, simply for the sake of making a change. Like I said, I’m doing fine, but fine isn’t what I’m aiming for. I want each month to build on the one before it. I want to keep the snowball rolling and picking up speed. So it’s time for a change.