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!

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.