Oh, well. I tried it.
Anyway, after reading James Clear’s book on fostering your creativity, I’m going to try to do it this time. For serious.
One of the ideas is setting up a schedule and sticking to it. For instance, he writes minimum every Monday and Thursday. It can be anything, but he keeps to it. That’s something that I want to do. However, there are some issues. I want to write three things at once:
- Reworking the novella
- Writing 2-3 blog posts a week
- Writing 5 responses on Quora a day.
I mean, I really could do all three, but it seems exhausting. And time consuming. Also, I have a job, and the commute is zapping me of energy. I mean, I’m going to bed around 9 or 10 pm on most days! *gasp* Is this what it feels like to be a working stiff?! It’s been so long that I’ve forgotten!
I definitely want to work on MY material every day, but I think I can break down the other two things into something a bit easier. I could easily do two blog posts a week. And I could do Quora maybe a few times a week. Yeay!
Goal – move to either Brooklyn, Harlem, or Western Queens before the summer is over. Because this commute really is hell. I don’t like spending four hours per day just commuting. Taking the Long Island Railroad is a bit out of the question, as it’s only shaving off 30 minutes of my commute, and then I STILL have to take a train to get to work. And I’m just not spending $10 one-way! Or even $250ish to get a monthly pass. I just couldn’t justify it, unless i was getting paid a lot more. So, only other option is to move closer to my job. Of course, that might become pricey. SOOOO…..I’m starting my hunt early!
And that’s all, folks, until next week (I promise!)!
I keep promising that I’ll do better, and yet I never do. What is wrong with me?
Anyway…here are some lovely updates.
So after trying to do this pseudo-freelance life for the past year or so, I finally decided a few months ago that I need something more stable. I hate the word “stable,” because obviously, nothing is guaranteed. But if I know that I’m going to be making a certain amount every week, with the potential to earn more (and not less), then that’s fine. I don’t need much, just enough to pay my phone bill, eat, and get a few things whenever I need to. I remember a few summers ago when I was so broke that I would scrounge up a dollar every day just to go across the street and buy a Fantasy juice drink and Sun chips. And that was pretty much all summer. Then I realized that I had a credit card and even though I didn’t want to use it, I did. Because I was starving. I never want to go through that again!
Anyway…after a few months of wading through scam artists and perverts, I finally got a decent offer. Working at a small business that deals in accounting. The hours are great. The pay is great for what I’ve been getting paid. The location is amazing. The commute is horrible, but only because I have to travel 2 hours (I am planning on fixing that). So that’s where I am right now. I’m back in the corporate world, but I don’t feel “corporate.” Mainly because it’s a small office. No water coolers and that nonsense.
Anyway (I keep using that word, don’t I?) I’m still trying to figure out what the focus of my blog should be. I think I want to make more “content-worthy” material, like writing about my thoughts on certain events, tips on writing, blah blah blah.
But…who am I to give advice on writing? I guess I could, considering that I have written for 20 years. I think I could talk about writing realistic dialogue, showing and not telling.
Which reminds me…I still have to work on my novella and the sequel. Then there’s another book that I want to work on in the mid-late spring, early summer. I think this may be my Harry Potter moment!