Two jobs! Well this is quite the change.I’ve always been the FUNemployed one (being without a job, yet having lots of time to enjoy fun activities during otherwise normal working hours). I truly love my leisure time. I actually look forward to my retirement. Bingo, square dance classes and wearing awkward floral outfits really sounds like my idea of a great time. (As a side note, I went to a “dry” bar aka a blow dry bar where a bunch of house wives were drinking mimosas as they got their hair done… it was amazing).
- How I imagine my weekdays…
Now I have two REAL jobs. Mortgage lending and legal assistant. I’m 25 and when I announced recently that I may start working a 9-5 shift, friends commented “look who’s all grown up” and “Wait… You’re becoming an adult? What?” What can I say, I’m a late bloomer.
So in terms of writing this week, I’ve been really failing. Getting home at 10pm after work is tough. All I want to do is watch TV, zone out and let the tv signals eat my brains (not in a zombie sense, more like pretend I’m brain dead sort of way). Perhaps I can write in the mornings before work? …
…HAHA, that’s a gas. We writers are the night owls of the functioning world. No. Not in the morning.
So my new plan is:
1. Use my free time at my first job to focus entirely on writing, since there is a good amount of down time, especially in the mornings.
2. Dedicate the hours of 10pm-midnight to writing. I may either work from home or find a coffee shop nearby that is open that late. I don’t usually go to bed until 1am so this is doable.
3. Have an eight hour shift on either Saturday or Sunday dedicated to writing my scripts. I will schedule this in advanced.
4. Turn off the internet if it is not necessary. THIS IS HUGE.
This plan guarantees me at least 16 hours of writing a week, which is a start. If I could just get paid minimum wage to write my scripts, I would quit my better paying job immediately. I love to write, BUT I also need money. I guess, we newbie writers are at the hardest point. We need to get our foot in the door and need to dedicate time to do this, but we also need to live and survive and not be homeless (that was not a run-on sentence at all). So it goes, I guess.