I’m back from the other coast, and I don’t know what day it is, what time it is, or where my glasses are. While I was off sunning myself, I managed to sneak in some time with a college friend. She was asking me questions about writing and my life, etc. After I told her that I really had no schedule, I just sneak writing in around my editing work and my life in general, she said:
“Wow. I think you’re the only serious writer I know without a writing schedule.”
This from the woman who once told me I was a real poet, and made me feel ten feet tall when I was 22 and needed to hear that.
People say you need to write every day. And, although you know how I feel about the every day phenomenon, I think there are times when that is a good idea. But really only for a month or a couple of weeks. Even on my two-week writing residency, we each had a day where we barely wrote at all. You just can’t sustain that kind of intensity.
And when the writing is too intense, sometimes you have to step back. Do I need a schedule? Maybe. Do I need the quiet? Definitely. Am I taking steps to make that quiet place to work in. Well, I’m up early(ish) on a Saturday morning.
How about you?