Isn’t it the case that the moment you are hit with tons of time, the desire to write goes out the proverbial window!
Of course, the situation is a little more complicated than that last sentence. In the absence of a day job, writing is relegated to a tidy corner of your mind as you are left to ponder your next move in life.
There is an excitement that propels you, but then there is also a bit of panic when the worst-case scenario plays out in your head and then you realize, “Ah the curse of being a writer!”
That's right: a writer will imagine the worst possible outcome and all its alternatives in exponential horror!
The moment you recognize that your mind is still writing even when you are not, you smile and realize there’ll be another day to fight the good fight. (Just gotta remember to take notes because these details will be used in a story some day.)
The real value of being creative is that you see an end game when others get bogged down in minutiae.
This does not mean that writers are possessed of magic and can come out of vicissitude unscathed. It just means that we view the process in a rather unorthodox way and if we skin our knees in the process, more writing fodder for us!
Until things settle down, I’ll have to rearrange my attitude, my routine, my priorities… For now, I have uploaded the second editions of Because She Was A Woman and Justified at Smashwords.
Getting a day job is the top priority (although writing another short story, even a dark one is a close second). In the meantime, I must remember to take notes.
Far more challenging will be to stay alert and motivated, and use all the time before me productively.