I'm in my third week of my writing life and it's really looking good so far. And I think I owe that to my sense of organization and management. I've organized my life so that I leave a good amount of time for writing every day, and I manage my writing time so that I get my daily products done.
My days go like this. I get early - not as early as I did when I was working full time, but still early. I go to the gym. I come home and have breakfast and a cup of tea and then shower and get dressed. And then I go to my office and stay there until I feel my writing work for the day is finished.
One of the things I've decreed so that I can stay on this routine is that I will not schedule more than one meeting/lunch date a day so as not to interfere with my writing time. I have plenty of days ahead of me so why bunch too many activities up?
However, I want to impress upon you that I'm not all work and no play. I'm still completely engrossed in my exercise program, and I've added a one-hour tennis class a week as well. Also, I'm reading and catching up on TV shows I've missed for about the last seven seasons. I just finished watching the first season of "Damages," and I must say it is brilliant - edge of your seat brilliant. Now I realize how much I've missed by not watching much TV in the last several years that I was working. I'm also going to the grocery store and cooking again. Enough with the going out to dinner stuff.
So, my writing life so far is going well. Plus it's paying off. Another poem will be published soon.
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