Important Note: This is the final week of school for me and then Final Exam Week occurs Friday through Thursday of the following week. I have a final paper and final exam (and to be honest, I’m behind on other school work as well), so the blog entries may be a bit erratic for the next two weeks. I’ll try to be consistent, but I may not always upload a daily entry during these two weeks.
Getting it Done
So, there is a screenwriting channel on YouTube that I recently found and it has reignited my passion for screenwriting and storytelling, in general. One of the interviewees talked about working at several jobs and working tables as a waitress while writing in order to have steady income until writing became her primary occupation. I really liked what she had to say–the problem is, she specifically referenced writing at night after the job was over.
I really like the idea of writing while working until writing becomes your primary job as this feels a lot like what I’m trying to do even while I’m in school. However, I’ve found that writing after class is next to impossible for me. I usually have to expend so much energy getting ready for class (reading, writing, papers, etc.), that by the time I get home, I’m usually mentally drained.
Adjusting to Make it Work for You
So, for me I really need to do my writing before going to class, to work, or wherever/whatever I need to do, otherwise I do a lot of thinking about writing, but I never actually seem to write. Writing at the end of the day just doesn’t seem to work for me and since the writing process is so individual, you have to take whatever advice you think will work for you, try it, and then adjust it as you need to do so. For me, writing before is better than writing at the end. Just like for the interviewee in the above YouTube video, I really like writing and my projects. I’m just not a “night-owl,” so I’ll need to adjust my way of thinking and incorporate her advice so that it works for a “bright-eyed, up-and-at-’em” type of morning person that I am.
Whatever works is a good motto to have if you’re a writer–you just need to make sure to adjust and apply (writing) advice to your own unique process and situation. Something that I need to remember and be reminded of from time to time.
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