I wonder how other writer’s cope with interruptions. I don’t mean the cat just puked, the dog dug up the backyard sprinklers or the kids figured out the cable code that let’s them access Skinimax – no, I mean the long interruptions of life like the day job that can take you away from your work in progress for extended periods of time.
Everyone knows I’m a Marketing Director (you knew that, right?) and that job comes with a lot of heavy time drains outside normal business hours. There are days when I sit down to work on a story (or more accurately, nights), get some work done, then collapse into bed, go to work the next day and maybe not get back to that story for 12 hours or longer – sometimes days longer.
The challenge at that point is getting back into the groove.
I assume full time writer’s roll out of bed in the morning, have their routine and eventually (thinking by 8 or 9 am), they are back in the chair and working on the piece they were working on the night before. For the writer who is working other jobs to pay the bills, you have to do the work you’re getting paid for first – the day job. We can have huge gaps of time in-between writing sessions.
For me, I’ll go to sleep usually not wanting to stop writing. I’m on a roll, words are flowing well – the last thing I want to do is stop and go to bed. But I do – I have to, there’s bills to pay and a mortgage – these things have to take priority. So when I get back to the story, there’s that moment of – What the hell was I doing?
How did I get the characters to this point?
Where was I going next?
Which bit do I need to write now?
Sometimes this takes just a brief glance at the previous pages, sometimes it takes longer. When I write over lunch time, which I try to do every day, it can be worse. There are times when I just get back into the groove of the story, back into that zone of writing, and then the little alarm chime on my phone goes off to inform me that I need to shut it all down and get back in the car and go back to work.
I feel like I could be really prolific if I just had the time.
So, do I need to rearrange my life so that I have more time to devote to writing? Or do I need to get better at writing so I can get more done in the time I have?