Sometimes life happens, and our schedule changes. I’ve been building myself a new desk For writing. I’ll tell you all about it very soon in its own blog post. See, I made a desk of wood with sentimental value to me and I am putting the finishing coats on it today.
I need to get three coats of the protectant on and want to do it all in one day. That meant I needed to start early. Really early, as we don’t have ideal conditions. If I let it go longer than 12 hours between coats then I need to sand it, and I don’t want to do that. So, instead of writing first thing, I woke, did my normal pre-writing routine, then put the top coat on the desk.
When I did sit down to write, only a half hour later than normal, I found I was very productive. There’s something about having less time to work that many writers feel pushes the ideas out quickly. That’s why if I have trouble getting started, I set a timer for ten minutes and write. While I didn’t quite get as much done as normal today in my writing, I’m very pleased with what I did put out, and I was very close to my normal writing word count. That’s pleasing, because I wrote for a half hour less, and still nearly got my full word count!
Some things I will not interrupt my writing time with. Most things, actually, as I can reschedule many of the activities that would otherwise interrupt my writing time. The occasional activity that I choose not to reschedule, or can’t (maybe an emergency with the horses or something), then I adapt and do what I can.
The advantage to writing first thing is that if something does come up, I can shift my writing time to the next available moment in my day. The earlier I can get to it the better, and if I miss a day it’s not the end of the world. I do what I can and enjoy the writing, whenever I get to it. Writing is not just a job but also a pleasure.
I’ve been writing stories for myself for years. Now, I’m a published author. No genre is off limits, though I have some favorites.