Monday, April 2, 2012
Back to Business: THE MAGIC HOUR (for writing)
Sometimes I have guilt about this routine. However, I've discovered over the years that I do my best creative writing after lunch. Maybe it's the carbs. Maybe I just need to know I've handled the business side of life before I can settle down. And it could be that my "magic time" for writing will change. But, for now, I've given myself permission to do NON-MANUSCRIPT-RELATED STUFF until 11 am. Along with that, I MUST GIVE AT LEAST 2 HOURS to creative writing between 11 and 3. Sometimes I go the whole four hours. Sometimes, it's jittery segments of time interrupted by the phone, email, the dog, whatever. But I get at least two hours in!
What's the insight here?
1. I have created space in my writer-life for the marketing stuff and have made my peace with it.
2. I have created a MANDATE TO WRITE that is flexible enough that I manage it almost every day.
What is your MAGIC HOUR for writing? Have you made peace with some kind of schedule?