I realized yesterday as the holiday was coming to an end, that if I knew I had to get up the next morning and write I’d be depressed.
I’m a disciplined person and have been writing in a disciplined fashion for 50 years. By disciplined I mean being at my desk by 9, writing for 3 or 4 hours 5 days a week unless I was sick. Year after year. That schedule has served me well. But I think I’m tired of it.
I know that there are other writers out there who’ve been doing it longer and for more hours a day and more days a week. I salute them. But I’m not in a contest.
It’s not the writing I’m tired of it’s the method. The trouble is I don’t know how else to do it. This schedule works for me. Can this old dog learn new tricks?
I can’t imagine sitting down to write whenever I feel like it. Maybe for an hour. Ten minutes. No. These aren’t the rules. The rules I made for myself. If I made them I can break them. Easily said. But can a willy-nilly writing method work for me?
I’m not a night person so that wouldn’t be viable for me. I’m best in the morning. So what if I sat down at my computer at 10 or 11? What would happen? Or what if I gave some time in the afternoon a tumble? I know there’s only one way to find out.
This is still in the thinking stage and I’m not ready to test it yet. Maybe next week. Maybe not.