I'm having internet issues, which wasted most of my posting time, so tonight's post will be short. And what I'll do right now is throw out some thoughts which I'll follow up on later:
Every writer just wants to write. If only we had more time. If only we didn't have to work at the day job and do this and that. If wishes were horses then beggars would ride.
Today I wasted much of the day. I got scribbles on paper, and I argued with people on the internet, I dutifully went to the Bored of Trustees, er I mean the Board of Trustees meeting to support my union, and I got some shopping done....
At the same time, I was really jazzed about what very well may be some very nice sales numbers going on at Barnes and Noble, and very good returns on some article writing I did two years ago for eHow. And how these are both the kind of success which comes of slow and steady work.
And on getting home I thought about the following: what if I really could put into writing that I did on the day job? You can't ever know for real until after you've quit that you can do it, because as long as the day job is there, it's taking energy, and you're writing in the time you'd normally rest.
And, of course day jobs are different than writing. My day job is a customer service type job, and I don't have to self motivate all that much. Problems come to me. When things are slow, of course, I go out looking for trouble, but generally I never have to worry about getting "Instructional Lab Faculty's Block." Pretty much all day what needs to be done is right there in front of me. And much of it is in the form of questions. (Which sets me up for these low productivity days -- if someone asks me a question I answer it.)
Right now, a giant snow storm is headed our way, and the timing may well be just right to give us a snow day on Wednesday. That would normally be my long day at work. If I get that day off, what do I do with that free gift of time? What would YOU do?
Think about it on a larger scale too. Imagine that you did that exercise I gave you a week or so ago -- the one where you were supposed to write for a half hour of concentrated effort to find out how much you can write ina half hour. You did that one, right? You know what you can do in a half hour? So what happens if you are handed 6-10 hours? Or 40 hours a week?
What can you do?