Sunday, May 15, 2011

The Transition to Full Time

In nine work days, I will be given the chance to write full time while receiving a steady pay check. I had a definite holy shit moment when I received an email about the end of year shutdown to-do list. It just didn’t seem possible before that. Maybe I’m just a slacker who burns out too easily, but damnit, I deserve the break.

When you get down to it though, this really isn’t a break for me. This is an opportunity to set business hours, to do my writing, editing, and to really get some damn work done. More than anything, it is a chance to see how much I have matured with time management and writing ability. I plan on treating writing and reading as a full time job, and see if I can get a full book done this summer.

I have a feeling it will drop from full time to 4 to 6 hours a day. I am pretty well useless after writing 4,000 words, so that will hopefully be the capping point for many afternoons. Kristen Lamb always preaches that writing is an endurance sport; you have to train consistently to reach high word counts.

While it is unfortunate that the summer will come to an end, and I will be back at the full time grind, I don’t think that I could have been afforded a better opportunity. I know many of my writers who are unable to rid themselves of work and family responsibilities for even a few days, so this is a truly rare chance.

Just out of curiosity, how many of you work full time non-writing jobs?


  1. I am a teacher. In my life BC (before child) I used to get a lot of writing done in the summer. I could crank out up to 5,000 words in a day. They didn't all turn out to be good words, but I got a lot done. During the school year I would write about 1,500 words a night. Again, BC.

    Now that Eternal Knight has been released, I need to get to work on the sequel. However, I don't have nearly as much free time as I used to. I will have to get used to an entirely different writing schedule.

    I like your 4,000 word goal. It is a good day's work. After I finish my daily goal, I like to do some physical activity (like riding my bike). It lets me think about what I wrote that day, and what I'm going to write the next day.

  2. The 4,000 word goal is a little intimidating. I'm really going to try for it, but in the first few weeks I will be going with a minimum of 2,000 and a goal of 4,000.

    I'm also hoping to be much more active this summer. Not sure if I could train MMA like you do, but I can at least get on the elliptical and spend some time in the mountains. I live about 20 minutes from some serious hiking trails.


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