Tuesday, April 05, 2011
My Plate Spinning Routine
I wish I had more of a routine.
Though, I do blog regularly. And I suppose that could be considered my writing routine. But when it comes to working on plays, I have to carve out time or seize it when the opportunity arises.
This is the case for lots of artists who have a 9 to 5 job. But it's not just the 9 to 5 job and writing you have to balance, there's the rest of your life: errands, working out, gardening, household chores, hanging out with friends, going to see plays and of course, writing. It's a bit like plate spinning.
Essentially it's like having two jobs, but the same amount of hours in a day/week. I've struggling to keep my plates spinning and have had some months where I've been more successful than others. Usually it's the months when I'm trying to make some sort of deadline (nothing like a deadline to light a fire under you).
This year I decided to take a page from my 9 to 5 and apply it to my playwriting. At the beginning of the year I developed a work plan to help me move projects along and set goals for each month (both writing and professional). I'm finding that the work plan is helping me feel like I'm making some sort of progress and provides me some way to measure my work. Which, I have to say, I need.
So do I have any sort of routine?
On Tuesdays and Thursday evenings I have a bit more free time for writing, but not much. That means its the weekends when I try to do the majority of my writing. Which isn't fun, because, well, it's my weekend. And I want to relax, go outside, do laundry, etc, etc.
But that's the way it is. For now at least.
I know it doesn't sound very disciplined. But in the past five years I have managed to write four full length plays, am in the process of writing two more and have written sixteen ten minute plays.
This isn't to say I'm satisfied. But, what artist ever is?