Writing. Plotting. Thinking.

images_080These are the hard parts of writing and it is work. If you are one of the lucky writers and stay at home, this is your full-time job. Do you create your own work zone? Sometimes, we think we need a whole room, like a home office, but you can create your own corner, your special place.

You don’t see people, so why dress up? Why? Because you are going to work and should discard the p.j’s, slippers, and bathrobe. This might be a great time to try out the new hair style, paint your nails different colors, and a definite to makeup. Now, don’t you feel better?

If you are a male writer, the first three items are to be discarded, but you need to include a shave or at least brush the beard, spray a little cologne around your area. This will give your senses something to work with.

It is lonely. You do not see others, talk to others, just write, write, write. But watch out. You must set boundaries of times you are answering emails, checking out social media, writing your blog, updating your website, and leave the coffee-time friends until the day is over.

Keep track of your time and the number of words you added to this day. Of course, this might be the day for revisions, or new submissions, or research. This is a good way to keep your writing going forward and you feel great at the end of the day.

When you begin your workday, set an alarm to announce your work is done for the day. Put everything away, go for a walk, or just relax. Tomorrow is another day.

What about the writers who work outside the home? The creative space for you is still the same. A place where you know this for serious writing. Give yourself time to switch gears, have dinner with the family, walk the dog, play with the kids, and then, when the silence enters the rooms, and things settle down, you begin writing. Some days it is writing, some research, some revision, and new submissions. Yes, you do set your alarm and put everything away for the next evening.

Writing is work and we need to work hard and play hard.

Have a productive and positive attitude as you hit the 2015 year. May you accomplish your writing goals and dreams.