I'm trying to think of a nicer way to write 'I may have absolutely stalked Wildbow through Reddit yesterday because lo and behold he popped up in the comments of a thread I was reading and what he wrote really made me think so now I'm trying to frame this as a happy compliment and not Tartra-hiding-in-the-bushes because I swear this isn't a habit' than how I just wrote that right now. Tell me how this floats your boat as far as discussions topics go:
"I read something the other day that got me thinking. There was a writer on one of my local haunts describing how hard he's had to work to get his schedule in consistent posting order. It's really paid off, to the point that he's now the Jared to 'entertaining quantity over stagnant quality's Subway. But he also - for privacy's sake, I'll leave out the specifics, because that's where I draw the line - gave a neat amount of detail into his full schedule. It is so drastically different from mine, I almost want to throw my hands up."
I work full-time. Ha, ha, don't we all, because writing is a full-time job. I mean outside of writing, I work a 9-5 corporate death that has been siphoning the life out of me for the past two years. When I get home, my only thoughts are on sleep, which to be fair, usually gets me going again, which to be unfair, is a one or two hour further theft of my time after an already damning hour commute home. So cutting out the extra sleep, I have 10 hours of my day immediately cut off from writing. Gone. Just - immediately, in a way that university never prepared me for. Back then, I had classes I could slip between that were within ten minutes of walking over, days where I crammed all my courses into three miserable days so I could use the other four to derp to my heart's content. And I was constantly engaged by things around me, full of actual motivation to do stuff. Now, it's those ten locked hours, those other two napping hours, the hour in the morning to get ready, the six-ish hours of sleep I get at night, and I'm left with... Okay, yes, I used my fingers - OKAY, yes, I used my phone: six other hours where I have to get everything finished.
That's whining. /end whining
How do you manage those last hours? Six - I have six - I should be happy to play with, but that's only on paper. In reality, I'm just so relieved to be away from my job for an evening that I'm reluctant to get back to any project. On the plus side, every chapter I've put out for The Other Kind of Roommate is actually fun enough for me to re-read merrily, because I literally do not have the mindset to drag a dull scene on. However, this leaves me to write in such awkward bursts that the next time I go to start, even if I had the most fanciful time on the planet before, I'm thinking, 'Crap. There goes my night. I better get all this other stuff out of the way.'
I've been leaning more heavily on outlining processes, and those have done wonders so far. It's literally how I got to part ten. Does anyone else have any tips? Does anyone else want to share what their full day schedule is and talk about what they have to manage outside of the writing process? You, the writers who do much with little, are the guys I have to learn from, and the writers who have more 'free time available' are the guys I have to ask: how do you support yourselves? I'm this damn close to quitting even without another job lined up.