Sometimes I think that I picked an absolutely perfect name for my novel, “Sleepwalker Chronicles” as the only time I am able to get to write in my house seems to be the middle of the night, when everyone is asleep. By then I am so tired that I feel and probably look like a complete sleepwalker. Now, I WISH I could sleep-write, then I would have no trouble keeping up with my writing schedule.
Oh, the Writing Schedule. I heard about such an animal in the quiet whispers in the back alleys of the writing circles… Okay, I’m kidding. I read about it in many books and blogs and am completely envious of the writers who are able to stick to one. Or even define one.
Mine goes something like this: I will write during a lunch hour at work while sitting in my car! Once I decide on that, my oldest daughter’s schedule changes in such a way that she needs a ride from school every weekday during the lunch hour. OK, I say, I will write in the evening then, after the dinner is done, dishes are washed and my kids are done with their homework! Once I decide on that, my husband starts a project at work that causes him to come home right at the time we are done with everything and the cycle of dinner and washing dishes and other related household duties repeats again. I turn around, and it’s a midnight and I’m completely exhausted, with my vertigo kicking in, unable to think about anything but a nice pillow and my eyes being closed for however many hours I’ll get to sleep. The only time that left at that point is a super early in the morning. Oh, you haven’t seen me at that time. All the zombie movies were written based on how I look and walk if I have to wake up that early.
Still, when I look at my days and nights it seems that the early morning is the only time when I would be left alone and in peace. If I could get up. I just need some encouragement that it can be done, I guess. I am an owl and in my younger days could stay up till 4am doing college work, or reading or doing whatever I couldn’t fit into my day. A concept of waking up super early is as foreign to my body as running track for fun. However, what can I do?!
Yesterday the universe has answered my prayers and, while I was reading the blogs I follow, I came across a guest post on Jeff Goins’ blog at Goins, Writer by Andy Traub of the “Take Permission Network” called “6 Steps to Successfully Launching a Dream” where the step number 2 was “Fall in love with 5 AM”. That step mentioned Jon Acuff’s Blog who built his dream by ‘being selfish at 5 AM’ . He has a family, who, just like mine, demands most of his time and, if he ever dedicates any of his day time to his writing projects, he is being ‘selfish’ as this time really belongs to his family. So he found that the perfect solution for him was to get up at 5 AM and write at that time.
OK, I said. I’ll take on this challenge. I will give a try to falling in love with 5 AM. I know that to all of you owls out there this sounds as torturous as it does to me, by hey. One got to do what one got to do. So guess what? I’m writing this very post while it is 5:34 AM, so if some of it sounds like I’m writing in my sleep, it’s partially true. But it’s a start.
I will keep you updated on my love affair with 5 AM and you let me know what your writing schedule is like.
Thanks for reading! If you enjoyed this post please subscribe to Lillith Black Writing.