There aren’t enough hours in the day. That’s the problem.
Well, maybe there are,but I’m getting to the age where at least 6 of those hours need to go towards sleeping. I think that as a writer hoping to one day make the big-time, I (as well as most other up-and-comers) have forced myself into a nearly impossible situation. That is, trying to create the output of writing that a pro does. The difference of course, is that pros (thinking King, Gaiman, Barker and the like) have a great deal of time to write. While I’m sure there are PR duties to be done, I think it’s a safe bet to assume that if Mr. King wishes to write for 8 hours in the course of one day, he does so.
Not the case here. Over the past week, I have only managed to get in about two and a half hours of writing. Work comes first, obviously. I have to eat…and even though I could go without food for two days or so if I absolutely had to, I have to think of the wife whom is 7.5 months pregnant and my 22 month old daughter. So first comes work…and then after that there are the family-related duties: potty training, cleaning house, cleaning litter boxes (my peak of hatred towards cat’s comes during this pleasant time), stuff like that.
I believe that this is why I often fear I talk in my sleep; I find myself trying to fall asleep only to be kept awake by a bloody parade of ideas and characters and stories that I fear may never get written. To rid myself of that distraction, I have made a schedule for this week, one that allows me about eight hours of writing time throughout the week. And hopefully, it will give me some time to work on and (gasp) maybe even finish some of the projects I have going on.
Which brings me to my checklist of projects. It looks something like this:
- 3 short stories currently being written
- 2 novels currently being written (3 if you include Blood Routes)
- Outlining the still untitled (but looking to be a 5-part) series
- Editing the final draft of Broken Skies
- Hammering out “episode” #2 of Birdwatching From Mars
So yes, I stand rigidly by my philosophy of there simply not being enough hours in the day. On a side note,…today was not the day to see if I could go an entire day without coffee…