Comments on: How to Stop Giving Up Your Writing Time http://www.writingandwellness.com/2017/06/19/how-to-stop-giving-up-your-writing-time/ Putting the Power of YOU Behind Your Best Creative Life Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:31:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: Colleen http://www.writingandwellness.com/2017/06/19/how-to-stop-giving-up-your-writing-time/#comment-48123 Tue, 04 Jul 2017 17:47:38 +0000 http://www.writingandwellness.com/?p=7141#comment-48123 So true, Joanna. We think we’ll do better when we have more time, but the opposite is often true as we lose that structure. Here’s hoping you can zero in on your “high-energy” time of day and set your schedule to write then, when you’re most alert. The requests can wait until you’re done! :O)

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By: joannaelm http://www.writingandwellness.com/2017/06/19/how-to-stop-giving-up-your-writing-time/#comment-48121 Tue, 04 Jul 2017 16:58:45 +0000 http://www.writingandwellness.com/?p=7141#comment-48121 Terrific blog. Thank you. Twenty years ago when my first two novels were published I had a window of several hours to write while my son was in school. That focused me. Now, in the process of writing my third thriller, I am retired so the day stretches “endlessly” ahead me and I find I respond to others and their requests because, well, I’ve got hours and hours before bedtime to get my writing done. What often happens is that the day gets away from me, and I find I’ve written nothing.

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By: Colleen http://www.writingandwellness.com/2017/06/19/how-to-stop-giving-up-your-writing-time/#comment-48096 Sun, 25 Jun 2017 18:55:40 +0000 http://www.writingandwellness.com/?p=7141#comment-48096 Sounds so typical, Karen! Yes, it will “take just a minute” they say! I hope you can reclaim your do-not-disturb time. :O)

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By: Karen Jones http://www.writingandwellness.com/2017/06/19/how-to-stop-giving-up-your-writing-time/#comment-48094 Sun, 25 Jun 2017 13:05:13 +0000 http://www.writingandwellness.com/?p=7141#comment-48094 Excellent post, which comes at a much needed time for me. It seems the more time I try to devote to my writing the more others ask for it. To them it seems “only a minute” and they wonder what’s the big deal, but to me it’s half an hour or more before my brain can return to where it was. This is a daily struggle for me. Today’s tips are appreciated!

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By: Colleen http://www.writingandwellness.com/2017/06/19/how-to-stop-giving-up-your-writing-time/#comment-48084 Tue, 20 Jun 2017 18:35:46 +0000 http://www.writingandwellness.com/?p=7141#comment-48084 I feel for you, Angelica. I know that a changing work schedule is VERY difficult in terms of getting the rest you need, and it can really wear on your health, too. Your health has to come first. Studies have shown how shifting schedules can cause some of the symptoms you’re experiencing–headaches, low energy, difficulty getting the sleep you need. Adjusting will only become more difficult as the years pass, so I’m wondering if there is anything at all you can do to even out the hours just a little? (Please see: https://sleepfoundation.org/shift-work/content/living-coping-shift-work-disorder.)

I also know what you mean about writing giving you energy. (It does for me, too.) I would suggest possibly finding times that work with each of your work schedules, and changing your writing time with your changing work schedule, so shift A has the opening from 1-2, maybe, and shift B has the opening from 5:00 to 5:30, or whatever. Perhaps putting writing first, before some of your other “busy” work? Other than that, maybe you can get used to writing even in 15-minute chunks even if you’re tired. Lower your expectations for the work “a lot,” just get the words down whatever they are. We often avoid the page because we feel too tired to write anything “good,” but allowing ourselves to write “badly” can help.

Best of luck in tackling this challenge.

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By: Colleen http://www.writingandwellness.com/2017/06/19/how-to-stop-giving-up-your-writing-time/#comment-48083 Tue, 20 Jun 2017 18:11:16 +0000 http://www.writingandwellness.com/?p=7141#comment-48083 Well said, Susan. :O)

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By: Angelica Ware http://www.writingandwellness.com/2017/06/19/how-to-stop-giving-up-your-writing-time/#comment-48082 Tue, 20 Jun 2017 17:36:27 +0000 http://www.writingandwellness.com/?p=7141#comment-48082 Very thought-provoking, and it really resonates with me. I wonder how much we undermine our own creative energy by putting this fun project we were going to work on aside for this thing or that thing? And I wonder if, like sleep-deprivation, there are any consequences that arise long-term, from building up over time? And if there are, is there a way to recover from those long-term consequences?

I have a problem similar to the Greg example, but not quite the same. I have a job that I rely on to pay bills, and a deep psychological need to get in the writing time. But, the job that I have is on a constantly shifting schedule, sometimes working me early in the morning, sometimes late at night, rarely the same for long, sometimes very different week to week. I’ve been working very hard at this job for many years, and a writing habit is almost impossible to form around the constant shifting requirements on my time–and of course, silly goose, the writing has fallen by the wayside because I’m either too exhausted or too busy or too brain-dead. I hadn’t been paying attention, see, and recently I’ve been suffering from extremely low energy and low morale, maybe even some mild physical problems like increasing headaches.

Now, some of this is just because I’m working so hard..but I’ve come to believe some of this is caused by my lack of writing. Why do I believe this? Because on the rare occasions when I do have the time to focus and get into my writing, I come away with incredible energy, pared down physical pain, and a buoyant good mood that can last for days.

But then, alas, my job comes back to overwhelm me, and I fall back into yearning to write but not being able to establish any regular time for it.

I’m curious. Do you have any recommendations for a situation like mine?

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By: Susan Mary Malone http://www.writingandwellness.com/2017/06/19/how-to-stop-giving-up-your-writing-time/#comment-48081 Tue, 20 Jun 2017 14:20:25 +0000 http://www.writingandwellness.com/?p=7141#comment-48081 I love that you get to the heart of the matter, Colleen–what part of you is giving away your writing time. Because for most of us, that’s it, isn’t it. There’s an underlying issue, which makes it hard to face. But by doing so we’re set free. To write!

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