Be Ruthless About Protecting Writing Days

June 4, 2015

Today is article-writing day after a week not writing anything. I'm dying to get back to my fiction. I miss the characters. I must focus on the ice cream article I'm writing for Beer Connoisseur,though, because I've got a deadline on Monday. 

One of the things I never thought about before making writing my full-time job was how much time it takes. There are some writers who can sit on trains in the middle of the chaotic universe and write tomes. There are some who are social butterflies, out partying with friends before returning home or going to the coffee shop to spin out their tales. I am not either one of these kinds of writers. I can't concentrate on my work when I'm out in public. It's too tempting to people watch instead. And social outings make me very happy, but I need time afterwards to recharge and sink back into the world I've created.

J.K. Rowling has said, "Be ruthless about protecting writing days, i.e., Do not cave in to endless requests to have 'essential' and 'long overdue' meetings on those days."

It is hard to be ruthless about those things, but she's right--for me, at least. When I am in my story, no other world exists. When I am having lunch every other day, my story world seems far away.