So the whole homeschool-all-day, write-at-night thing isn’t really working out for me. Partly because, writing-wise, I’m working on something that isn’t under contract and therefore I lack an external deadline, and partly because teaching my son is sucking my brains and energy out. (In a good way, if that’s possible. I’m actually *cringe* enjoying the homeschool gig most days. Never thought I’d say that…)
But my natural creative time, formerly from about 9pm-1am, seems to have taken a vacation. I gave myself a couple of weeks to adjust to homeschooling because I’m infamously resistant to change but…it’s been a month. The only thing that’s made me open the file is a 100-for-100 challenge (100 words a day for 100 days…if you miss a day, you start over at day 1) with my plotting group, goddesses that they are. Most nights I’m churning out…a whopping 150-300 words. Everyone writes at her own pace, but a comfortable yet challenging daily goal for me is more like 2000-2500 words.
So um, yeah. Daytime homeschooling + evening writing=colossal fail.
The logical solution, of course, is to try getting up butt-early to write, before anyone else is awake. I know lots of writers who do this successfully. I’ve always wished I could. There are a couple of excuses issues I have with it. First, my creative juices seem to flow at a negative speed before about 10 or 11am. Second…my internal rhythm is out-of-whack. I don’t naturally match society schedules — you know, the whole sleep while it’s dark thing? I’ve been struggling (unsuccessfully for the most part) to shift my sleep hours to midnight to seven am. And now I’m going to shift it another two hours earlier?
Yes. I am. God help me, I’m going to try.
I got up at 5:30 this morning for a test drive. Made a beeline for the fireplace with my laptop. The house was quiet. My brain wasn’t quite plugged in yet. But…I wrote a couple hundred words and took a bunch of other notes. And I think if I stop resisting the idea, I could write a couple thousand more. Every day. And then…maybe I could have free time in the evenings to do mindless things like watch TV and read. You know, before I go to bed at the old lady hour of…10 o’clock.