So, you want to quit your soul-sucking job to become a full-time writer, eh? How bohemian! As someone who JUST made the bold leap, let me warn you:
the daydreams of waking up early, brewing coffee, eating a small breakfast, sitting down to work on your latest story as the sun, like a friendly neighbor, says hello through the window–are exactly that: daydreams.
The reality: you’ll wake up early, brew coffee, realize you’re still tired from staying up too late drinking with your buddies (because hey, you no longer work!), sleep in a little longer until your phone rings. It’s the bill collector again. Your coffee is cold. You have no food in your fridge except condiments for food. You sit by the window, hoping that just by positioning yourself there, your undeveloped characters will write their own plot lines. The sun screams. You whimper and hide your face under a book.
The truth is, in that scummy, underpaying 50-hour a week job, you had every reason not to write (or, at least your friends in your writer’s group didn’t launch leaky pens at you during meetings). Then, there was simply no time or energy.
Without anyone to make your schedule, you have to devise your own– a far more difficult task than it seems.
The best way to avoid laziness is to write out a plan.
7 a.m. – 8 a.m.: Coffee & Reading
The flipside to making your own schedule is IT’S YOUR OWN FREAKING SCHEDULE! Now stick to it unless you just LIKE eating mustard for breakfast and wasting precious time and talent.
Other suggestions: I know you’re crazy super popular, especially since all your alcoholic, nonworking friends want to hang out (read: not drink alone) every day. SILENCE YOUR PHONE. At least while writing. Close your web browsers, inbox, chatbox, PHOTO BOOTH (tehehe…guilty!). And don’t feel bad for neglecting those friends. You still work 8 hours a day. Now, it’s 8 hours of work you LOVE.
Oh, and remember to bathe.
If you need extra motivation: hang this death-threat of a photograph near your working space, and then just tryyyy to hide under that book.
La vie boheme!