Today at “Two Writing Teachers”, it is time to share your slice of life.
I have been retired from teaching for a year now. And, I am still trying to establish routines – for writing, and for creating art
I have accomplished a fair bit this year – from volunteering with “Strong Start”, tutoring 4 months, writing 4 picture books and working on several novels, taking several art classes and working on art challenges, as well as taking 3 writing courses.
But, it is the day to day routines that I have yet to adhere to consistently. I have great intentions. I make my lists and have several ongoing projects and a great desire to write – but …..
The best advice from established writers is of course, to write and write daily. I do write, but not regularly.
My problem lately is that I cannot turn it off at night and have trouble falling asleep. It is usually after midnight, even 1 or 2 before I am tired enough to fall asleep. Then in the mornings, when I arise to see my hubby off to work at 7, I have been returning to bed for a few more hours of rest. Then the day has started off kilter.
Today it was 11 before I finally got up.I awoke with a headache and knew I needed more sleep – just not that much! Now I am playing catch up.
The usual distractions play in as well – visiting blogs, twitter, reading. Once my hubby returns from work at 5, I do less work as well.
I must first get my sleep cycle sorted out. It was much better when I was tutoring as my day started at 7 and I only had so many hours for me.
Well, holidays are over. September has always been the start of a new year for me and even though I am not teaching, it still seems like a new, clean slate. I have a number of projects to work on, both writing and art. I need to plan my days so that I am more productive. But also need to insert some fun as well.