All of us have heard the term 'life change' and know what it means. Psychologist state these events are one of the highest stress factors in life. This year I've had many, not just one. And as a result of one of these changes I've had to get a 'day' job. I thought writing was my day job, but since it doesn't bring in a steady pay check--yet, I was forced to seek something that did.
Now I'm in training to learn my new job. The biggest adjustment so far, is that it's full time and I can't drop everything at the drop of a hat to run to the computer and write a blurb I just thought of. Or say 'yes' when the kids need me to watch the grandbabies. Go to the store in the middle of the afternoon.
You get my drift. The hardest part of all though is not being able to play with my characters when they want to play. I need to re-learn how to put them to sleep during the 8 hours I work--9 if you count my lunch. It's hard to get all settled into write in only 40 -50 minutes, since I do have to have lunch during that time.
And it's not that I think I can't do it. I wrote my first 4 manuscripts working for the devil place (which will remain nameless, since I really don't want them to say I publicly dissed them) and most of the time that was working with 2 hours mandatory OT a day. I did mention I called it the devil place, correct?
So, please everyone out there who has a full time day job, and I know there are many, many writers who have one--HELP. Tell me what I must remember in order to whip my characters into being good and talking when I can listen. What are your tricks? Are there any?
I hope all of you are having a wonderful season!