In my blog, I often write about how well I’m progressing and how productive I am. But believe me, that’s not always the case. I also have my bad days and hardly get a word down on paper. Although that shouldn’t really bother me – after all, I don’t have a deadline – I still get stressed out.
One hour a day
As you know, I write every morning from 5:00 to 6:00. Now, however, you have to put this “writing” in quotes. There are days when I’m sure I write for an hour straight. Mostly it’s the days at the beginning of the week. But there are also days when I spend 15 to 20 minutes of it just sipping my tea or sitting unproductively in front of the laptop for 30 minutes. Really depressing to get up so early just for that….
Why do I keep doing it anyway? Well, routine is important. And even if I only write or revise one page it’s better than nothing. Unfortunately, getting up on Thursday and Friday still doesn’t get any easier…
Sleeping in on weekends
I can simply forget about late mornings since I started writing. Because once I’m awake, usually between 7:00 and 8:00, I can no longer sleep. This is not because I’m not tired, but because I’m already thinking about my book again. Ideas are flying through my head or I’m bothered by the pressure that I’ve only managed 10 pages this week. Likewise, my boyfriend is sleeping longer and longer. Therefore it is the perfect time to write. Bye Bye Beauty Sleep!
One day without my book
There is not a day when I don’t think about my book. Something is always floating around in my head, no matter where or with whom I’m out. At least I’ve slowly learned to let go of thoughts about my book in the evening. Otherwise, it’s even harder to fall asleep and the morning comes very soon.
Although all these points above sometimes make life difficult for me, it works just fine. My motivation can be as low as it is, but as soon as I get hooked on writing, I can work on it for several hours without any problems. These down days, as I like to call them, are simply part of it. After all, you can’t give 100% every day, but at least you’re working on it every damn day and getting closer to your goal – even if slowly.