So I’ve recently realized something – I really miss being in school, and it’s only been a little over a year since graduation. I should still be riding the “No more homework ever!” high, and yet here I am, missing that very same homework.
I miss school for the deadlines, the structure, and the fact that it feels like I had more free time then than I do now. I was able to complete a novel while I was in school (Granted, it was like the bazillionth rewrite, but still). Now, I’m lucky if I can write a page a week. Of course, this is a matter of self-discipline (something I lack). I’ve been better about it lately, but I still slip all too often. So now, I have to self-impose my deadlines and my own structure – easier said than done. Most of the time, I ignore the schedule I give myself, or life gets in the way (not that that’s a bad thing).
Writing here definitely helps, though! It keeps me going, on days that I have particularly bad writer’s block (read: laziness).
Everyone’s familiar with this picture, right?
Well, that doesn’t actually change all that much, though in my case, it would be more of a square, with an extra corner for “Writing” and replace “Good Grades” with “Success at Work” – but you can still only pick 2. I find myself sacrificing sleep more often than I should in an attempt to choose 3, and I still don’t get that much writing done.
So, my question to all the writers out there – how do you juggle writing with all your other responsibilities? What’s your strategy? How do you motivate yourself?