I write about 20 to 30 hours a week. The dedicated time helps me identify as a writer. You may know the phrase, whatever you spend time doing, that’s what you are. I also own a gardening business, which makes me a gardener. That business keeps me busy most days but I take weekends off. On the weekends, I do household chores and tend my own garden and spend time with my family and pets. But I’ve noticed a problem. When I’m away from writing for just a few days, sometimes only two, it’s difficult to get back into the rhythm of writing time.
Monday mornings are the worst. I feel lost. It’s like I’ve floated to the surface of my imagination during the weekend. I’ve come up into bright clear waters where I can see sunlight. During my creative writing time, I swim deep down in my imagination, in deep murky water where the story happens. It’s a silly metaphor I can’t escape. After I’ve surfaced for the weekend, submerging myself requires a settling into quiet I sometimes procrastinate. That process of getting into the silence and solitude is difficult. I want to move. I want to stay alert and in the exterior moment. Traveling into a mute dreamy place requires discipline and effort.
I’ve learned to do one of two things. I either force myself to sit and work or I decide the morning is for other tasks. When I work, I realize later my restlessness was only procrastination. It was sabotaging me. My fears made me reluctant to go on. When I don’t work, I try to make the most of the time. Do the laundry, the bills, the errands, that do need to get done. Often when I do life errands, I find I miss the writing time and by lunch I’m back in my chair.
Does you find it difficult to get back in the rhythm of writing after not writing for a few days? If so, do you have a method to get into the rhythm? If so, let me know in the comments below.
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Karen Hugg is a writer and gardener living in the Seattle area. She is a certified ornamental horticulturalist and Master Pruner. When not digging in the dirt, she writes. She's been published in various journals, anthologies, websites, and more. Her life is happily hectic but she's lucky to have a patient husband and sweet children. Her pets aren't bad either. To learn more, explore http://www.karenhugg.com.