Does that ever happen to you? 'Cause it certainly happens to me. Every day, lately! Nothing quite gets the blood pumping like mortal terror. No, it's not because we seem to have found ourselves living in the dystopian, burning-trash-can future we've always heard about. It's because I'm a professional creative-type. Yes, as of recently, I took the plunge and moved on from my 9-to-5.
And it's terrifying.
I'm guessing that most of you know me from Modern Rogue. "Hey, that's the old guy who does moronic stuff with the guy who used to have spiky hair!"
And that's great! But I also write books and movies, as you'll hear me mention ad nauseam. See that thing over there to your right? That picture of the biker gang? That's my book. (Don't be scared. It's only kind of about bikers.)
At lunch the other day, I actually had a friend say, "Now that you've got lots of free time..."
Wait. What? Free time? I have that?
I actually work harder now. I'm constantly thinking about writing, piecing story elements together, or planning the next Modern Rogue. I sleep less. I take fewer breaks. I make considerably less money. But yay! Free time!!
I know - 'you poor thing', right? What I'm saying is, while I'm digging this new lifestyle, I also feel like I'm constantly being chased. And what do I do when I'm chased? I run. And I run until I feel safe. Maybe that's never. If you're going to make this leap (or maybe you already have!), you have to impose some structure on this new free-wheeling lifestyle. No more 6-hour mimosa brunches. No more street-racing on a Tuesday morning. No more impulsive jaunts to Palm Springs with the girls.
You gotta write, my friend.
I'm still trying to figure it out. What's my schedule? Is it three hours of trying to hit screenwriting deadlines? Then an hour of social media? Two hours? Then four more hours of working on the new novel?
Whatever works for you, do it and do it ALL THE TIME. Protect that time. If anything gets in the way of that, bare your teeth and hiss before going back to your laptop. Murder those distractions. Take that distraction and put its head on a spike to serve as a warning to others:
Do not f&*# with me right now. I'm writing.
Every day. No excuses.
Your mileage may vary.
Check back here in the next few days for some more Modern Rogue deliciousness!
listening: Darrow Fletcher - Those Hanging Heartaches
reading: The Amazing Spider-Man: Worldwide Vol. 5 - Dan Slott/Christos Gage/Giuseppe Camuncoli