Thursday, February 26, 2015

Writing for a living vs. Writing for pleasure

If your job was to write, would you write in your spare time?

Recently I have started a new career and my sole responsibilities are writing newsletters, technical documents, and proposals. I have more time on my hands and yet my hands haven't hit the keyboard for any journaling, blogging, or writing recently. Isn't this odd?

I know that when I am under a deadline I seem to move quicker and more efficiently, but I also know that procrastination is not the best way to go about my personal writing.

I am in the process of applying for graduate school and I need to:
1. Edit/finish my writing samples
2. Acquire another recommendation
3. Submit said documents
4. File taxes so I can file for loans
5. Start reading books on my reading list and thinking critically about them

I have had so much time on my hands (i.e. 3-4 extra hours a day) that I just do not know what to do with myself. I get lost in the blanket pilled snuggle time sofa with two precious little girls and it has been amazing. I am able to come home for lunch, save money and have healthier options. I don't pass a Starbucks on my way to work anymore so I am saving there - and not to mention the time and emotion it takes to get to a job that's far away. I get the opportunity to have dinner ready when my husband comes home from work and have everything prepared so that he doesn't have to worry about anything other than being present with us.

So ... where to fit in the extra writing time that is necessary for me, my sanity, and my future progress toward a graduate degree....

Always sacrificing something somewhere.

So, when I come home from work at night and I have spent the entire day in front of a computer - reading, writing, editing, formatting, restructuring, copy/pasting - the last thing I want to do is get in front of another computer to do the same.... But, that is the way it shall be.

I wonder... If I were a professional writer - IE - I wrote novels/fiction for a living - would I feel the same way? How can you find time to write something else or more - isn't all your attention focused on the project at hand? Do you want to write something other than what you are working on?

I have this tough decision to make for my grad school application - what do I include as writing samples?

Should I include my poetry? or just fiction? If just fiction, then I need to write more or have more samples to provide... if poetry, which do I include? What will offer the readers the best understanding of who I am and what I want to accomplish...

Geez - you should have seen the thought process that went into my preliminary reading list I had to upload and provide them with ... that is a masterpiece if I may say so myself.

Anyway, I likely should spent less time blogging and more time reading/editing/preparing for my application.... Always re-structuring my priorities....