It’s really beautiful today here on the Central California Coast. Of course, even when the fog rolls between the towering pines, it is lovely here. In fact, it’s a writer’s paradise.
However, I really don’t feel like discussing the weather.
Being a freelance writer takes a bit of self-discipline. My propensity toward being a little obsessive compulsive always shines brightly before beginning a writing project. I think I have finally figured out what the issue is. I have a deep-seated belief that if my office and desk are messy, that my head will be cluttered. I cannot even begin to knock out an article, work on a news report, or get creative with fiction when my desk and surroundings are not tidy. So, before I even begin to settle in and write, I clean.
This morning was no different from any other morning. I got up, made some chai tea, did some breathing and stretching exercises, made a little breakfast, had a shower, dusted and re-organized my desk. I realize that there are those writer’s who are perfectly content being slob-lords, but I am not one of them. In fact, the fastest way for me to lose concentration is to be put in a cluttered room sitting at a messy desk. Might as well pour me a glass of wine and call it a day, because you probably won’t get any quality writing out of me.
Do you want a “true confession?” I line up my pens. Oh yes, there is a spot and an angle for everything on my desk.
More and more, I am finding the need to schedule myself. I do an exorbitant amount of writing, but my most productive day is accomplished when I have set a schedule and stick to it. Ideally, I try to make my schedule Sunday night for the week. When I was younger (not that I am ancient), I could knock anything out at 3 am, but I will admit, while I can stay up with the best of them, I tend to put out much better work during the day. Those middle of the night moments are happening far and few between. Perhaps it’s somewhat age-related, or perhaps it is the realization that time is money, and my time seems better spent when I am coherent. Writing half-dazed doesn’t seem to be working these days.