Thursday, November 3, 2011

Reading and Writing and Working, Oh My!

This has been SUCH a busy year. The whole year. I can't say I've had a busy week or a busy few days or a busy Thursday. 2011 came in like a tsunami and rolled right over me, and I feel like my head is just starting to resurface.

Not because I'm any less busy ... just because I'm tired of being underwater.

Since I haven't posted at This Writing Business in months, I'll start with a recap of my writing life ... Earlier this year, I left my job in design to write from home full-time. Immediately, a corporate assignment that came my way via referral turned into a 2-day-a-week office job. I barely even knew what hit me. (Ahh, the tsunami metaphor continues.) The assignment was temporary - I replaced a communications manager who was on maternity leave. When she came back, we negotiated a long-term arrangement, and I'm still working for the client in-office and from home. Meanwhile, I picked up a new corporate client and I'm doing ongoing work for newspapers and magazines - including a weekly standing feature I've written for several years.

Whew! So that's what I have been doing. Here's what I haven't been doing:
  • Blogging. Obviously.
  • Reading Blogs.
  • Twitter-ing.
  • Cleaning my house. Ahem.
So now, about the fiction ... because that's what it's all about, right? The fiction. When I decided to stay home to write full-time, fiction played into my plans. I'd envisioned all this time during my workweek to put paying assignments aside and write what I want to write. It hasn't happened. I take that back ... it's happened some. I want it to happen more.

For a while, I wasn't focusing much on fiction at all. I was so busy writing non-fiction during the day that I didn't want to sit in front of the computer all night, too. But being away from my manuscripts (yes, manuscriptS - I'm working on a new book) was making me sad, edgy and extremely irritable (just ask my husband), so I have found time to squeeze it in, usually late at night.

Turns out I'm grumpier when I don't get book-writing time than when I don't get sleep. Who knew?

One more update, and then I'll stop rambling about my work habits and (hopefully) get back to the business of rambling about writing. I've been doing a LOT of reading, and that's also taken time away from blog posting, blog reading, Twitter-ing and, yes, writing. But that's been a worthwhile detour. I've learned a lot ... including the fact that the single biggest way to improve as a writer (apart from writing, of course) is to read other writers.

So, anybody who's still with me after this rambly, random post: Hi, thanks for reading, and hopefully I'll resurface in the blogging world ... and keep my head above water.

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