I've made a decision this week to shift my writing time until after my work day is done. I think this is more practical. By going after work, I'm freer from time constraints and work distractions. It won't always work out. Like today, I worked from 6:30 until 2:30, then broke off to go walk and write but need to be back to lead a meeting at 6. There's just so many work issues and challenges happening that I feel it's more relaxing and I'll have a better session by working and then writing.
It worked well yesterday. I worked until almost 2:45 and then called it a day and did my walking thang. Here at The Beanery, I spent most of the time writing and editing the same story. I wrote it the other day, just 2700 words, then set it aside. Yesterday was the first day I'd looked at it since I finished it. I read through it three times, making minute changes each time, honing, polishing, refining. By the third revising, I was softly reading it aloud to myself in the coffee shop corner. I enjoy reading aloud to feel the rythm, and speaking the words force me to see them more closely. Twice I felt others' eyes on me and looked up to see someone staring. Made me laugh inside, wondering what they wondered. I feel it's ready to submit but I think it's wiser to set it aside, let it sit another day, then read it again, see if anything surprises me. Better to polish than to rush. My impatience encourages me to rush; I recognize that, though and I'm getting a grip on managing it.
Today's writing plans are to revise and edit another short. This one is longer, about 7800 words. Back to the "Peerless" novel tonight after work and dinner.
Causes Michael Seidel Supports
Kiva, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Propublica.org, Doctors Without Borders, GreaterGood.com