My little girl turns 8 months old tomorrow. She is quite the cutie, and I’ve been fortunate to be able to stay home and raise her. She is a handful, however, and I’ve been struggling to get back to writing. Two nights ago marked the first time I have been able to write in my own home instead of a coffee shop, and I am floored. I’ve claimed the corner of the living room as my new workspace (I lost my office to the nursery), and I’ve written three days in a row! I’m feeling more like my own person again, and it’s wonderful!
I’m going to try to keep my online writing diary going again, the way I did before I became pregnant. I’ve got to get this pulp novella finished, and I definitely need The Elysian Chronicles Book Three done as well. So here we go on my first writing diary entry in over a year.
I figured I would focus on what I’ve done to help myself start writing again.
- Carve out a writing space. I put my desk in the corner of my living room, even though the furniture didn’t match. (The desk is white, and the rest is dark wood.)
- Keep “negative vibes” out of your writing space. This might not matter for you, but it is crucial for me. Bills and email tense me out. I’ve finally learned that I can attach my negative feelings from administrative tasks to the same physical space where I write. The negative ju-ju sucks out my creativity. (And it makes my stomach churn.) I eventually avoid the space, and that isn’t good.
- Know how you function. Our environment affects how we write and create. Some writers need music. Some thrive in chaos. I need perfect neatness and no music. For some reason, the white and sky blue color scheme relaxes me, so that’s my desk theme. I’m done trying to pretend I can work in chaos. My desk is organized. Each project has a box that it stays in if I’m not working. My little OCD self gets to be happy and relax, and the rest of me can make up fun stories.
- Have a consistent time (if possible). I can’t do anything until Eleanor goes to bed at 7:30. Then I either have to put in earplugs while my husband watches TV or wait until he goes to bed before I can write. While the exact time isn’t set, I know that writing happens at night, and that helps me (and others in my family) plan for it. I’m trying to make it part of my routine, and that is helpful.
I’m sure I will think up more tips later, but these are a good start. Hopefully they might be of use to a few people.
Three nights of writing in a row has been great, and I hope it continues!
Welcome back! I have one factor that works for me. I have to unplug the router and shut off the Internet. So happy for you and those first few years with a little one are some of the most precious times. My grandson is a little over two years old now, and I treasure every day we get to spend time with him. Wishing you the best!!
Turning off the router sounds like an excellent idea!!!