Being a self-employed (or rather self-imploding) writer it’s often hard to separate work from home life.  I mean how many sit-at- home writers actually manage a decent schedule of their time? Do they do three hours in the morning , break for lunch, maybe another two and then decide that they’ve had enough? Or do they do what I do, and jump around flitting between housework -writing – cooking -writing – eating – writing – sleeping -writing – shopping – writing.

 Need I say more?

I suppose I am more than a little curious here, so if any other writers that pass by care to share, let me know how you manage it. I find it difficult to break away once I am seriously in-the-zone. The main problem is getting into the zone to begin with. It’s like getting in to a cold swimming pool for the first time, you just don’t want to go in there at all, but you know that once you’re in, you’re IN, and there’s no getting you out again, (in a hurry.)

Once you’re in that zone, time seems to catapult ahead of you and before you know it dishes have piled up in the sink, the dog is circling beneath your feet whining like crazy to get out, the take-away menu you promised yourself you would ditch on Jan 1st, suddenly comes out of the drawer. All hell is let loose, and then when you do go to bed you think.. hmm God what a load of buggery-doobas I’ve written down.  I could have slept for those four hours instead. Yep a terrible dilemma, and all for what?

I guess that’s just how the writing life sometimes feels!



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  1. Being a trainer and someone interested in mind therapies, I always find thoughts about how we tick very fascinating. Rather than taking the easy option and saying “we’re all different” I’m sure there are a few common things that can motivate us to get the juices flowing. For one thing, how about making a list of your circumstances when you felt at your most creative? Was it in the morning, afternoon or evening? Did you have a good night’s sleep? What did you have for breakfast? What was the weather like outside? Who did you last speak to and what mood did the topic of conversation leave you in? Are you wearing your lucky pants? Have you just been out for a walk? Have you achieved a small success (like tidying your sock drawer) that’s motivated you into greater things?

    It may only need a few things to inspire you. Personally I find reliving some of my own creations (the best ones that is! 🙂 remind me that I’ve got something to offer and that in itself can boost my creative juices. I write in silence but maybe music would motivate you? And as for putting your life on hold whilst you write, well, a few dead house plans is an acceptible price to pay for art. And even if what you’ve created isn’t up to your standards it’s all part of the learning curve. The real wasted time is not to use time at all.

  2. Some real ‘food for thought’ there Ziggy. One forgets how for some people it’s hard to be motivated to do much at all, so small achievements are better than none. Great last point you make too about ‘wasted time being no use time!’ Thanks for chipping in with your views! 🙂

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