My First Week as a Full-Time Writer


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So far . . . zero writing. 🙁

I’m technically still in my first week, it only being Tuesday, but here are the self-discoveries I’ve learned so far:

1. Still need to work on consistent writing habit

I feel bad about this, because I thought I’d have started my revisions by now, but no. Not much writing going on at all. Over the weekend, we were visiting with friends and family, and I spent some time rearranging my desk now that I only have my personal computer (work didn’t want to let me keep their laptop for some crazy reason). I was also feeling pretty lazy, what with being newly retired. As a result, just about all I’ve done with BeYo since my last post is make half an outline that lists the changes I want to make for each scene going into the second draft. Helpful, but not great progress. And not yet even finished.

Everything I’ve read says I should be writing every day, even if it’s not for the specific project I’m working on, but I haven’t gotten into the habit of that yet. It’s on my list of things to do.

2. Seriously, seriously out of shape

Bunny and I went for a little walk/jog yesterday morning, and oh boy, I feel it today. I felt it yesterday, too, all of ten seconds into the jog portion. Today, I’m feeling it every time I try to stand up and my quads give serious consideration to just giving up on life and snapping like rubber bands. I have a long ways to go to get back to where I used to be, when I could run 6 miles up and down hills and be able to catch my breath by just walking for five steps.

3. Huge fan of female wrestling in the 70’s

Who’d have thunk? For those of you who have not yet experienced the pleasure and delight of discovering Glow on Netflix, get your shit together and go watch it. I’m only on episode seven, but I did watch all six of the first episodes in one sitting last night rather than go to bed at a decent hour. There are a few moments that are almost too embarrassing for me to watch (I’m a delicate soul who has zero tolerance for vicarious humiliation) but it’s a very different and fun show, and worth pushing through for everything else.

4. WordPress guru, I am not

I’ve decided to move my site to a new URL because aspireofathousandstories.com is way too long. Obviously so. How did I not realize this earlier, so. It’s been my plan for a couple months to move this site, but actually doing it is proving to require a level of expertise I absolutely do not have. And any little novice mistake could break the whole damn thing. It’s kind of terrifying. Which is why I keep dragging my feet and putting it off. Now is the time, though. I think. Tomorrow-ish, maybe.

I just know I’m going to end up rebuilding this whole stupid site from scratch . . .

5. Retirement is stressful

Yes, I’m only four days in, and two of those days were the weekend. But no joke, I feel as stressed as I did when working. Partly because I don’t think it’s quite set in yet that all this time is my own. And partly because I feel like I should be working harder on BeYo, and I’m not. But mostly, I think it’s just that I have so many things I want to get done, I’m sort of overwhelmed about where to begin. A normal person might see the bigger picture and acknowledge that she has all the time in the world to take her time doing those tasks. I, however, feel like I can’t actually start my writing career until I have every little thing in order and arranged just as I’ve been envisioning it for the past three months.

I won’t bore you with the list, because truly, the list is incredibly boring. But I need to get over this obsession with doing all of it at once. I’m not the type of person to flourish without a routine, which means, now that one is not imposed on me through external forces, I’ll have to create my own. One that spaces things out and makes time for the most important things. Like writing.

The rest of this week, I’m going to focus on creating that routine. And hopefully by next week’s post I’ll have more progress to share and be less freaked out by my newfound freedom. 🙂

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