Time and Space in 2020

Last time that I was on here, I talked about how this year I was going to be different from last year. Let me start off by saying that last year was one giant mess, in that I would find time to write, or I would think that I would have the time and then something would happen and then my writing time would go poof. Between you and me, it sucked big time.

This year, so far I have the time to write, due to many factors. One being that I am currently looking for a job. Secondly, between job searches, is when I hopefully will be doing most of my writing.

Granted, as writers, one of the first pieces of advice that you are given is that we need to have a dedicated time to and place to write. While most will say that you should write the at the same time and or place. I will say that some times when writers, especially those starting out, try to follow this piece of advice, will fall into the waste land that is burnout.

On the subject, I will say that when it comes to finding that right time, all depends on when you can give writing your full attention. Granted, even if you are able to donate fifteen minutes of your time to your craft, then that is all that you might be able to give during a day or even a string of days. Let’s face it, we all have busy lives, and while writing is not exactly a community activity, for it can be solitary, our lives are not solitary. We have families, and families come with their hassles.

But at least while I can say that there are a few minutes, or even hours when I have the house to myself, then I can dedicate that time to both my writing and to my job search. While I can say that work and having a job can be a creative suck on so many levels, I can say that on the other hand it does come with one perk and that is money.

As much as I want to say, that I have made money so far from the projects that I have published, so far I have made nothing. This is not to say that others can’t have prosperous success, but I have not found it yet.

I’m not giving up yet, for I’m still enjoying writing and I love it when I have completed works. It’s just so far, I have not seen the whole might dollar my way when it comes to my writing.

However, but getting back to the topic at hand. We as writers need to dedicate some or a little time to our projects and our craft. While time may be a difficult thing, so may be space. I can’t tell you how many times, I thought that I have found a space that is dedicated, where I can do my writing and then something happens or someone comes along and puts designs on my writing space. Does that mean that I gave up on finding my space, hell no! It just means that I moved my space.

As part of my goal as making writing more of a priority than last year, I moved my writing space into my bedroom. I know that some will say that your work space and your personal space should be separate, but when you have no choice, then you have to make the necessary changes to do what must be done.  Therefore, in my case I moved my writing space into my bedroom for the time being.

While I can say that most times writers are told that they need to have a permanent time and space, it does not always work that way, therefore, we as writers need to be flexible in our pursuits having making our writing goals a reality.

Nevertheless, the more flexible that we are in our en devours then there is a greater chance in achieving success.

I hope that you have found this topic helpful. Until next time, I hope that you have a great writing day! Happy creating!

Checking back in…

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Hello once again! If you have noticed I took a bit of a break. Actually you might call it I was an extended leave. I know that it looks poorly on my business and my writing. However, I will explain what has been going on with me and why I took the break.

I will start this conversation off by stating for the record, that all of my plans for this year went out the window. That’s write, all of my goals that I had setup for myself this year and my writing have not actually taken place. Yes, you can shun me for this but on the other hand, I have been taking care of myself for once.

Needless to say, that as writers we need to not only take care of our craft but we also need to take care of ourselves in the perspective of mind, body and soul. When it comes right down to it, I wasn’t doing that in the past, for I was more focused on writing and in away not taking care of myself, my creative process and my writing was suffering for it. But it was also hard to take care of my creative process, when part of our community has been hurting others in the community that have been doing the right things.

What has been taking place in our community was another reason why I needed to take a break as well. Sorry, the negativity that has been going on was just enough for me to say that I needed to take a step back and focus on my life away from writing. This is not to say that I’m giving up on writing. Hell no, it just means that I needed to take a step back and ask myself is focusing on the negativity helping me or my audience and the answer is no. Therefore, I need to step back and look at the world of writing from two different angles.

There is the angle of the negativity and the angle of wanting to help those within our community. I enjoy the fact that I want to help others but when that gets impacted by the negativity that is taking place then it really doesn’t seem that I am helping those that want to get into our community. Let alone me.

Yes, I wanted to give my input into the various situations that our community is currently facing, but at the end of the day when the drama is becoming the fecal point of my message that I’m putting out there then the scale is tilted towards the negative and not so much towards the positive.

Therefore, I want to change that. I want to focus more on the positive than the negative. Furthermore, get back to what I enjoy most about what we do and that is to write, create and above all let me mind feel the freedom once again that comes from exploring our world that is writing.

So here is where I’m confessing my cardinal sin, yes, while I have been on this break, I have done some writing but not a lot of writing. I mean I have not sat in front of my computer on a daily basis writing. There are times when I didn’t write for weeks at a time. One of the main reasons, is life is getting in the way. Yes, I’m still working on the balance between life and writing. But every once in a while, I would take out a sheet of paper and I would write. It wasn’t great writing but it was writing nonetheless.

Yes, there are projects that I still want to work on, focus on and finish. I’m just not doing that right now. Granted, I still need to work on one project at a time and call it good when the draft is totally finished. Yes, this is still a conquest for me, which one day I hope to rectify. However, I’m not there yet as I’m still trying to find a way to justify to myself why one project is bigger than another.

I know that you are now asking yourself to me, “If you haven’t been writing, then what have you been doing?”

The answer is simple, living. I know that sounds very obscured and truth be told I’m not finding that it is not enough without writing. Yes, I’m still working crazy hours, which doesn’t help at times. However, on the other hand, this year so far, as given me so much to be thankful for. One of those blessings is that I’m in a relationship with a really great guy. Yes, I have a boyfriend and I am thankful everyday that he is in my life, in my world and above all that he is with me and I am with him.

Let me preface this part of the conversation with, if you had asked me on year ago would I be with a great guy, I would have answered no. Granted, I have known him over a year now but our relationship started at the beginning of this year, and everything about it has been wonderful. I’m happy to say that I’m with someone who loves me for me and not wanting to be with me just for the sake of using me as a means to an end. This relationship is healthy, beyond words and it is one the reasons that I can say that I’m back.

The relationship that I have, is one of the biggest reasons why I’m not wanting to focus on the negativity, and wanting to look at the positives that we can see when it comes to writing.

I can honestly sit here and say that I have missed writing, and I have missed posting about writing, working on my craft, and looking at videos on YouTube about writing. Yes, I want to do things differently this time around, but on the other hand. There are also things that I don’t want to do differently as well. There’s a balance that I need to find and I feel that we all need to find it rather we are blogging, learning or just writing in general. Everything has a balance and for a while my balance that I had going on here was really off the scale, like one dish was up higher than another.

Yes, I talk about finding the balance a lot but the reason for it is when we are in perfect balance things can go right for us, but when we are unbalanced then things tend to be off sync. When we are off sync we don’t focus as well as we should or we don’t use our best judgement. Right now, without writing my off balance and that’s even with my relationship. Therefore, I want to merge the balances that are my life and my writing into one. I want them to be balanced, which also means making or finding the time to write given the craziness that is my working life.

However, even with trying to find the balance I’m in a good space in my life. I’m happy. I’m in love. I’m finding more of the confidence that has been missing from my life. But all in all, I’m good. But I do have to admit that I have missed my blogging time and I have missed interacting with my readers online. But I needed a break. Yes, we are supposed to admit that we were bad for taking a break but in this instance I’m not sorry, that I took the break. It was very much needed among other things. But I’m back this time and am working on finding the clarity that leads more towards the positive and not so much towards the negative.

Therefore, with that in mind, there are topics that I want to cover and to share with all of you again. I will make some amends for leaving, but in other ways I’m not this time. It was needed to give me focus and to look at all the amazing things that I have going on in my life, as well as what was missing from my life.

On that note, I will end this post. I hope that you all have an enjoyable writing day! Happy writing and happy creating!

January is almost over

January is almost coming to a close and I have yet to work on the things that I have wanted to. To say it was lacking on my part is only part of the story, for there is another story, time. Yes, time can be evil and it can be wasted. On my part, time is not wasted for it is eaten away by the hours that it takes to work and to sleep. Sleep is a precious thing not to have in one’s life.

Let’s face it, we have all heard the phrase: there is not enough hours in the day. This is true and because there is not enough hours in the day sometimes I’m having a hard time fitting in my writing. It’s not to say that I don’t want to write, for I do. It’s just that when you work late hours and have to get up in the morning after getting maybe a couple of hours of sleep at a time, writing has to sit on the back burner sometimes, or have to wait for the weekend.

Am I happy about this? No, I am not. When I am not writing, I’m usually depressed for writing brings me joy and happiness for it gives me a chance to play with words. I love playing with words in a story. Experimenting with story elements and details that I never thought were truly possible. When I am not getting the chance to write, I am depressed, like I said and worse angry.

Yes, we writers when we do not get to do the thing that brings us joy in our lives, tend to have a wide range of emotions. Granted, in society there is a heightened sense of frustrations, depending on what you are experiencing from a government shut down, to teachers going out on strike, and everything else going on abroad. It can be daunting not to be able to put those feelings into words.

I wish that there were more hours in the day, for I would use that writing time wisely, and not use it to seek out what is going on with Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media platform. I even have to admit that I need to work on time management skills but there are also circumstances where time management cannot take into account the forces that take place outside of what we can control.

One of those forces is death, falls, and the occasional relying on others to accomplish tasks, and for these forces time is eaten and wasted away before your very eyes. I might be sounding cryptic but when you chose to do a job that is for doing the greater good, such as making deliveries to assisted living centers and sometimes health centers, you have to rely on those that work on these centers, there are many things that you have to take into account. One of those is making sure that your impatience is checked at the door.

Yes, patience is a virtue and that is something special that some people can manage better than others. But sometimes when you are trying to make deadlines, it is a bit hard to keep your patience meter in check. Especially when you are only going on maybe four hours of sleep.

While I have a lack of sleep, there is the other side of the coin that says that you are helping people. Helping people more and more each day, which is something that you can never do sitting behind a desk at an office door. This job has shown me that at the end of the day, no matter what age you are, sooner or later we will all have to have help for time has a nasty streak somewhere running in its veins.

Yup, time will catch up with us all whether we like it or not. But I hope before then I find away to concur the wasted time that I do not currently have to write, or that we all find that we are lacking in our lives.

The continuation from the Writer’s Journey

The last time, I was on here I talked about the writer’s journey, and more specifically my writer’s journey. Now I want to talk about what happens after you accept your writer’s journey.

Once you have started taking a look at your own writer’s journey, the next thing to do is to embrace it. By embracing it mean really think or mediate if being a writer is really what you want to do. Remember it takes time and work to be a writer, and that goes for whether if you are wanting to write just as a hobby or if you want to be published. Either way it’s going to take work.

Work for being a writer, means that you are reading others, looking for inspiration, researching your craft and the other aspects of writing. Once you have thought about this for a while, it’s time for you to figure out what is a good time of the day that you are going to write. Yes, this means that you should be writing everyday. As you move forward with your writing life, you feel guilty at times for not writing daily. I know I do.

The other part about making time for your writing it’s also about dedicating a space about your writing. Your space can be on your kitchen table, in your bathtub (yes, I wrote a paper once in college in the bathtub and there was no water in the tub). But you need to find a space and say that this is your space. My current space is made up of a fish tank stand, with a board across the top, which holds my monitor, my keyboard, my mouse, and a few trinkets that I use for inspiration. I also have an office chair that I bought at an office supply chair. I will have a picture down below of what it looks like.

Once you have your space dedicated, then you need to figure out what sorts of things you are going to have your writing space. Remember, you don’t want to clutter it with a bunch of things you want a few things. But you also don’t want to be distracted by what you put in your writing space. Also during this time, you need to figure out if you are going to write with pencil first or if you are going to go straight for the keyboard. If you go for the keyboard, make sure that it is a comfortable keyboard where you fingers can move easily across it as you type. This is also true if you are going to write by hand, for you want to a writing instrument that is going to be easy for you hold and work with as you write by hand.

Now that you have all of those things figured out, now it is time to write. Work yourself gradually until you can dedicate one to two hours of writing a day. But also make sure that you can also give yourself a break from writing. You don’t want to be burned out, for when you get burned out, that is what brings out writer’s block. I talk more about writer’s block later.

I must also give a quick update on my website. I have just two new pages under the “About Faerie Rose Press.” These two new pages are: FAQ Faerie Rose Press and FAQ Tiffany M. Dew. I also have had new views on my site from the United Kingdom.

Until next time, keep on writing, discovering, and setting up your time and space for writing. If you like what you have seen, leave me a like or a comment.

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