My daughter started 4K yesterday. Now, this is only two and a half hours worth of school, five days a week (last year for preschool it was only two days a week). But when she decided naps were a thing of the past this summer, I lost my afternoon writing time.
School time for me, and many other writing moms and dads who stay home to care for their children, means more time to write! However, it's a shift from the summer schedule, a different routine that I need to get used to. The writing doesn't always flow from my fingers, and I need to get back into the groove of afternoon writing, fighting the afternoon sleepies the entire way.
I thought it would be neat to draw up a list of "Things writers do when they should be writing--the kids are back in school".
1. Take a nap because you've been trying to stay up late to write.
2. Take a nap because your children keep waking you up in the middle of the night.
3. Take a nap just because you can--the house is quiet!
4. Watch TV. Yes, I will admit my addiction to those court shows--I grew up on People's Court!
5. Play video games.
6. Browse the internet. So many blogs and articles to read!
7. Read Facebook posts and convince yourself that since you are reading posts from your writer friends, you are in some way doing a writing related task.
8. Stare at the blinking cursor, convincing yourself that you are thinking hard about what you plan to write or revise, when in actuality your mind is wandering to the episodes of "Big Bang Theory" that you watched last night.
9. Consider cleaning the house, but then remind yourself that's harder work than writing.
10. Blog. *coughs*
Are you guilty of doing any of the above when you're breathing a sigh of relief that you have a break from your children? Should you be writing or working instead? What other things do you find yourself doing instead of writing? My list is by no means complete!
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