I write at Panera Bread two mornings a week. I like their cinnamon scones, but they don’t like me. Even if I eat a scone one day out of the two, I put on pounds, and not in good places. If I could skip breakfast at home at 6 a.m., I could have a cinnamon scone at Panera. But my breakfast contains protein and fiber, while a scone doesn’t. If I exercised regularly, I could have a cinnamon scone and not worry about gaining weight in the wrong places. And exercise is GOOD FOR ME in so many ways. Too bad I hate exercise.
A writing life is full of similar choices. If I spend two hours shopping, that’s two hours I’m not working on my novel. Or if I spend two hours working on my novel, that’s two hours I can’t watch my favorite detective show on TV (the one with the really cute guy). Or I can’t make soup from scratch (that contains fiber and protein) for my next week’s lunches. Or I can’t tidy the house, weed out my e-mail inbox, or de-crap my filing cabinet or office.
If I go to a party, I’m not writing. If I’m blogging, I’m not writing. If I’m writing, I’m not putting away laundry. If I’m writing, I’m not paying bills. Choices. And it’s not like I get replacement hours if I squander time. Nope, it just slips away. So I just have to be aware of time, always, and the choices I have for each hour of the day.
How do you handle the choices in your writing life?