Monday, October 12, 2015

In two minds

Today I'm in two minds. The realist in me wants to finish as much as I can on the day -job front so that I can put all my focus on book 2. Unfortunately, more and more works seems to pop up everyday. The creative side of me finds it hard to switch back to writing mode after doing hours upon hours of data. My mind simply doesn't go from realist to creative in a matter of minutes. It takes me a while.

Lat night I ended up only doing half a page of rewrites, which for me isn't good enough. But I guess every bit helps.

How is your Monday?

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  1. Hi Murees - do what you can ... you'll get into the habit of being able to do both ... so every little helps as you say .. all the best - Hilary

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  2. Every day is a little different - maybe some days it's easier to switch than others, maybe some days the data work load is a little lighter etc. Don't be too hard on yourself - think about how many people don't even bother to keep that creative side alive. You're doing it! :)

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  3. The work will be never ending. Since you work at home, you need to set 'day-job' hours and not let it spill into your creative time. Then you can separate the two by doing things in between - dinner, walk, whatever - which will give your brain a chance to slip into creative mode.

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    1. That's a great suggestion, Alex. Usually I do keep things separate, but these days all the data is priority and needs to be done as soon as possible. But your advice still applies. I just have to draw a line somewhere. Thank you for the advice.

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  4. Yes, every bit helps. Some days I only manage a paragraph, but it's at least a paragraph more than I had the day before. Alex's idea of having "day job" hours is a fantastic one.

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    1. I agree. Alex made a great point. I definitely need to stick to my work hours and not go over. Very true, M.J. It is definitely more than I did the previous day. Thank you for the support.

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  5. Working with data for hours and then trying to write would be a difficult switch. But you're right that every bit helps and every bit gets use closer to our goals.

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    1. Thank you, Chrys. I really hope it helps:)

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  6. I spent ten hours prepping to teach between yesterday afternoon and the wee hours of the morning, then I taught for three hours, came home, "downloaded" my day with my daughters through conversations - I share my stories and they share their stories, and then . . . well, I'm on a short break before I clean house and head out for a really cool kayak session, Then, I might have a chance to write tonight while my kids study and my hubs volunteers at a play rehearsal . . . life has hit an insanity level today. That's why I'm resting . . . blogging . . . goofing off on the internet.
    I hope you have a chance to get some writing done!

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    1. Thank you, Tyrean. Wow, you are awesome. You do so much! I feel bad about complaining about my petty problems now:) You go super woman!

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  7. Finding the time to write is one of life's challenges, isn't it? I'm about to publish my first novella, but realistically I know I need Book Two ready to roll to keep my first readers...so they say. Unless I stopped working, stopped housework altogether, stopped sleeping etc, that's not going to happen. And I hate that feeling as you describe, of not having done enough each day! But here's wishing you success!! :-)

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    1. Thank you, Denise! You are so kind! think I'm just bad with time management. Other writers get far more done than me:) My second book had it's first round of rewrites done when I published book 1. I thought I would be able to shape book 2 into shape fast and unfortunately, it doesn't look like it at the moment:) All the best with your first novella. Enjoy the experience!

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  8. Maybe you need to do somekind of relaxation ritual between the two. Perhaps a bubble bath? A cup of herbal tea? a brisk walk? a bike ride? Maybe a nap?

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    1. Thank you, Sharon. Those are great ideas. I will definitely try one or two.

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  9. Some days I'm shocked by how much I accomplish. Other days, I think, What is wrong with me? I did nothing!

    It all works out somehow in the end.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Very true, Janie. I think I need to relax and just be happy about what I do accomplish.

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  10. Sometimes you just have to do little pieces at a time and know that those little pieces will add up to big pieces! I say set a goal of a half a page or page a day and when you exceed that goal, you'll be excited, but you also won't be hard on yourself if you only do a half a page.

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    1. Thank you, Stephanie. I like your idea. I will definitely give it a try.

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  11. I've got established writing time, and once you train your brain to be in creative mode at a certain time of the day, it gets a ton easier.

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    1. Thank you, Crystal. That sounds like a great strategy. I have to give that a try.

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  12. It's hard when real-life gets in the way, but a little is better than nothing at all :-)

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  13. That sounds like my to-do list. There's so much and more keeps being added, and I usually shove editing or writing to the very end. Which means I don't have enough time for it.

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    1. Why do we do this to ourselves:) ? I hope you have a great week.

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