The routine of writing and writing the routine

I'm terrible at sticking to a bed time, and it is affecting my writing. I write best first thing in the morning, and if I don't get a good night's sleep, I'm done for. Writing is NOT going well these past couple of weeks, and I am horribly behind on my schedule. Catching up doesn't seem to work. I just have to move ahead full-force and keep going.

In my desperation, I'm trying a new thing this week. Starting tonight, I'm going to force myself to go to bed at 10pm every night. For most adults this would be easy. For me, this is like saying I will climb Mount Everest. Hopefully, my new strictly enforced bedtime will do wonders for my sleep and my writing. If not,I have no idea how I will get out of this mess and get out any more publications in time to be on the job market this fall.

1 comment:

Alex Soojung-Kim Pang said...

It's all too easy to forget that writing is... physically hard. It's not construction or farming, but still, it's not an activity that lets you completely escape your body. Much as we might like it to. And heaven knows that many of us treat writing as a form of escape from other things, even if we make a living doing it.

So doing things like making sure you actually get enough sleep to recharge your brain, or (in my case) going to the gym when my attention to starts to flag, or doing other things that get your brain back in the game, is actually pretty important.