Hi. I’m Tiko, that pile of papers you’re editing? Yeah I live there now.
So I’ve touched on it before, but there aren’t enough hours in the day…
Correction, I don’t effectively use the hours I have in the day. In a couple of months I hope to be hanging with other writerly types in LA, but before I get there I need to have a finished product. Okay, I don’t really have to have anything finished, I could go just for the hell of it, but that defeats the whole purpose of making it a goal at all. It’s a time limit, it give me a deadline to get off my ass and focus on finishing this thing.
I need to get my shit together. I have, as of writing this post (9/14/2015) I’ve not worked on editing my novel in over two weeks.
This is unacceptable.
A little backstory? I’m a pretty lazy S.O.B. I use to think this was part of my endearing charm but it’s just what adds to the widened gyre between me and everyone else who busts their ass to get what they want. I’ve recently tried to change this particular aspect of my character. I found that seeking out and taking opportunities to write professionally adds something to my day to day reflection of myself I hadn’t realized I needed.
Currently I am helping as a content creator and editor for a start up, going to school part time (currently 6 semester hours) online, trying to maintain a blog with…kind of constant updates, taking up a freelance job for a different start up company that needs some advert writing done, working 40 hours a week, and trying to edit a book for beta readers by the end of October. It wouldn’t be so bad if each of these tasks weren’t so self contained, but they are, and as stated I’m a lazy man trying to play otherwise.
I’ve recently tried something that seems to be helping a lot, and just wanted to throw it out there, even if it’s a little basic.
The biggest issue I’ve noticed is just how much energy I have at the end of the day. My job involves a headset and sitting for most of the day, and while that doesn’t seem very taxing by the end of my shift I’m nearly spent. Prior to this post I’ve been saving all my work for the evening and either half assing or not getting through any of it at all.
What I’ve done is categorized my weekly and daily tasks by level of energy cost. As much as I hate getting up I can’t deny that I’m more productive creatively and professionally in the morning, so I assign those high energy costs to that time. Things like editing my novel at a minimum of 10 pgs. a day and composing new items for the startup that I’m working with. If I handle those before my 9-5 job I’ve taken care of my more draining tasks at the beggining of the day before I’m too warped to even approach them.
Medium energy cost tasks like research for class and other projects I can actually do while I’m at work. Is it encouraged? Hell no, but as long as it doesn’t effect my performance and I stay ahead of schedule on all my tasks I can utilize break time appropriately and get studying and research out of the way.
After I get home I try to work out. In my early twenties I to had delusions of being that guy who ate lima beans for breakfast and sneezed whey powder. Reaching 30 this year has taught me I’m just not going to be him, and that’s OK, but excersice is still i
mportant if I want to stay on task. After staring at numbers and talking to entitled detail oriented individuals all day, I’m usually unable to function on a mentl level, unless I work out.
Of course by work out I mean flail miserably, but still something about it acts as a reset button, which seems silly as working out is tiring, but I feel refreshed after a good hour of leaping around my house in an attempt to do everything Shaun T promises m I can.
After i work out the low energy tasks are pretty easy to get through, those are mostly set up. For instance I have to compose at least 3 tweets a day for the startup I’m working with, and edit my wordpress blogs, and get things setup for th following day. These things are annoying, but not hard, so I can make my way through them relatively easy, and if I have any energy left I use it to have a life.
This is hopefully going to work out well, but while my schedule seems a little packed to me, I’m sure there are those of you out there with even more on your plate. I just wanted to post this to show while I originally thought finding time for writing and editing was going to be impossible, wwwith a step back and a deep breath I found something that may just work out .
It’s done. To elaborate on my intentionally obscure opening I’ve finally finished my novel. I did a thing. So what now?
Well the short answer is edit, beta readers, edit, publish!
The long answer?
EHRMEGERD EDITING IS THE WORST I’M THE WORST WRITER IN THE GODDAMNED WORLD WHO THE HELL WOULD WANT TO READ THIS SHIT OH HAI ALCOHOL GET IN MY BODY WAIT I CAN’T HAVE YOU BECAUSE I NEED ALL THE FOCUS! I WANT TO CRY, OH MY GAWD YOU GUYS LIFE IS SO HARD MMMM CHIPOTLE.
And that’s pretty much just step one.
I need an occasional reprieve, some kind of busy work and something I can look back to for perspective. So, blogging.
In all my research about the business of being a writer I used to distract from actually just writing there were a few common suggestions, chief among them the importance of having a presence on social media.
Anyway I hope to look back at this as something awesome, and hopefully through all my mistakes and mishaps someone can look at this able to say,
“Wow, I won’t do that, look how it worked out for him, what a dumbass.”