1. WRITING. I established a routine almost twenty years ago while I was in high school where I would get up in the morning at 5 am and type away drivel on a surplus laptop my dad brought home for me from work. (It really DID look a lot like this one. And the writing really did suck.) This habit of getting up early has continued throughout college and work and everything else.
My best hours for productivity are still between 4-7 am.
my two year old has another agenda for me--especially lately. He likes to get up with the butt crack of dawn too and claim my undivided attention. So what do I do to get writing done?! I write during his nap, but I'm also struggling for other times during the day. I NEED other time. Does anybody have other suggestions of how to get it/find it?
2. WAITING. I'm learning patience. But not fast enough. Maybe it's because of the pregnancy and all those added hormones. Maybe it's because I've always struggled with patience, but I've been waiting for word on Courtesy and Patience (ironic I know) from an agent who has had it for the last few months. I wouldn't obsess, but this agent seems a perfect fit and well... cooler than I deserve. Additionally, I haven't sent out any other queries because I really want her opinion first. I'm stupid, I guess. I put all my egg-shaped hopes in one basket and am completely distracted by the 5 month wait. It's effecting my writing, clawing me onto the Internet too often, and making me lose sleep. But this isn't any different than anything other writers have experienced and I'll survive.
Anyone have any advice on how to earn patience in a REALLY short amount of time so that I can get back to my life?
3. CLUTTER. Clutter is threatening to swallow up my being in one bite. I have four unwritten books clamoring around in my head that will not be silenced. And I want to write them all. Right. Now. This is creating (a) no time for house cleaning, and (b) slips of papers, ideas, and notes scattered all over the house and my desk. I've tried to minimize the mess by making 4 comp books with glued scraps inserted for each book. That's helped, but my brain feels as scattered as my house. Luckily my peach of a husband has challenged me to finish ONE in 30 days and then he'll have a BIG SURPRISE for me (which just means the rare dinner date). Whatever I can get, baby! Besides, it's been nice to just write--not plan--not edit, just write (that is if I can focus and find the time).
But alas... the messy house... does anyone have any advice on how to control the clutter?
...And do it ALL without coffee???