Monday, October 08, 2007

Avoidance

Usually I am very disciplined about getting my work done, even with few official deadlines and no boss looking over my shoulder. But these past two weeks, I have been a dawdler.

Instead of starting a new book or writing more on any I've started, I've gone out 12 evenings in a row. I've put away my summer clothes. I've cleaned my condo. Done laundry. Talked on the phone. Zoomed around the Internet.

Last week I scheduled something every day at lunch, which broke up the day in a funny way.

What do you do to get back on track?

Maybe I just needed a break, some time to refill the well. Or maybe I just don't feel like I'm really working unless I'm immersed in a book and turning out lots of new pages. Maybe I should acknowledge that there are different forms of work: I performed in an improv show Monday night, was an extra for almost 12 hours on Tuesday, finished a non-paying article before deadline, sent out a bunch of auditions, sent voiceover Web site updates to my designer...but I still wonder, is that enough?

2 comments:

spyscribbler said...

Sounds like you've been busy, though. Some weeks I'm just plugging away, you know?

By the way, great article in the RWR. I loved it! And thanks for the shout-out. :-)

The (Mis)Adventures of a Single City Chick said...

Don't worry, Ruth! You're sure to get a burst of creative inspiration at the Emerald City Conference in a couple weeks. Looking forward to seeing you again! :-)

Christina