Wednesday, July 21, 2010

My Bad Habits

I'm referring to my bad writing habits, though gods know I have enough of the other kind.  I am not a disciplined person.  When I worked for the VIO I was a skilled multitasker, but in my private life, not so much.  So I quit the VIO to make sure I'd write because I spent a couple decades not writing.  Was always too tired, or Seinfeld was on, or I was playing trivia on the computer, or...well, it didn't really matter.  So after quitting the VIO I actually did write.  Now I'm not because I work all day for Tom, the Online Man and...well, bad habits return.  So I must schedule myself.  I must!  Ich muBte, devo farla, turiu daryti!

So...I'm taking a poll.  I'm going to set aside 90 minutes a day.  I'm writing it on the calendar in indelible marker.  What's better, the morning or the evening?  What works best for you?

P.S. Why is BSG in the labels?


  1. Are you a slave to your calendar, Litowski? :D

  2. It's not time of day so much as solitude. What works best for me is being alone. Sometimes that's in the morning and sometimes it's in the evening and sometimes it's in the middle of the night when something wakens me and I can't go back to sleep. You have to write whenever you can at your own best time. But you already know this. You wrote a novel for godsake.

  3. I think up great ideas lying in bed, fully prepared to jump up first thing in the morninig to commence writing. Then, every distraction known to mankind keeps me from actually writing till after lunch. You know better than us what works for you.

    BSG? Not a clue


  4. Oh Gods! I Should have seen that.

  5. Without question, the morning works better for me. I think best, I've had my coffee, and I'm generally raging and ready for the world. However, I usually don't get the chance to write in the morning, because I sell my bushy-tailed mornings to the Man to pay my mortgage. So I write in the evening, the only time I can. And it's difficult to stay focused. Why, it is evening now and I'm reading blogs and commenting --but only the best ones. ;).

    I guess the thought of the fact that if I don't write now, I won't get the chance later keeps me on it. I go. :)

    BSG - Big Spain Game, obvs. World Cup final. Duh.

  6. I prefer evenings myself, but were I working from home as you are, I am positive I would prefer mornings. Get up. Get it done. Go about the rest of your day. Give your tired dregs to Tom rather than to your own work.

  7. Agree, I would like to think I'd be a morning writer if I didn't have to leave the house for work. Evenings suck for writing. I have approximately 30 minutes of alone time before hubs gets home, and I use those minutes to change into my non-banky-clothes and comment on blogs.

    I haven't made time to write in about a dick year. :(

  8. Mornings. I always figured that if I got the writing done first thing, whatever else happened, well, at least I'd gotten something accomplished for the day.

    Of course young children conspire to ruin one's sleep so I spent a lot of mornings in bleary-eyed misery. Whatever time slot you choose, it's just hard and every freaking thing, up to and including asteroid showers, will get in your way. That's just how it goes.

    BSG? Hmmm. Sort of like a fortune cookie, isn't it? Maybe those will be the initials of the agent you ultimately sign with.

  9. People get in their own way.
    You want to write you write.
    You have a project going that you can't
    keep away from, that consumes your imagination
    you'll write and let nothing get in your way.

  10. Thanks for the advice, all.

    BSG = Battlestar Galactica. Matt got the reference ("gods know").

    I think I will do mornings, at least until the kids are back in school and I have to waste the a.m. getting them ready. I just have to give up reading the paper and doin' the NYT crossword.