Wednesday, October 7, 2020

#IWSG: Working Writer and Plodder: Nap Required


It's Insecure Writer's Support Group Day! 

Thanks to Alex Cavanaugh for hosting this event every month, as well as this month's awesome co-hosts, Jemima Pett, Beth Camp, Beverly Stowe McClure, and Gwen Gardner (Me!). 

Here is this month's optional question - When you think of the term working writer, what does that look like to you? What do you think it is supposed to look like? Do you see yourself as a working writer or aspiring or hobbyist, and if latter two, what does that look like?

Hello, my name is Gwen 
and I am a working writer. 

With Covid, I work from home and this is what my "working writer" routine looks like: 

Get up at 5:00 a.m., walk on my treadmill for half an hour. Get to my desk by 6:00 and write until 7:00 (and I use this term loosely, because this can mean outlining, editing, researching, critiquing, and sometimes--often?--I don't get a lot done because I've fallen down the rabbit hole). 

At 7:00 (and often before) I start my day job, and usually finish up by 5:00, sometimes 6:00 (with the random after-hours call or text thrown in just to stir things up). Rarely does a weekend go by that I'm not putting out some kind of fire, real or perceived. (Because swimming pool construction is that important... *eyeroll*)

I also write on weekends, but by noon, a nap is required. 

Trust me, I've never been a high energy person. But I am a plodder and I just keep going. Didn't the turtle beat the hare? Every little step is still a step forward. Perseverance is the name of the game!

What keeps me going is that I'm retiring in 1.5 years!  

I feel like that is when my writing career can really begin.

I can do this!

What does your working 
writing life look like?

Are you a high energy person?
Or a plodder like me?

Are you the Turtle or the Hare?