There really are only 24 hours in a day. And on a night like this, where I’m just getting home at 8:30 in the evening, the last thing that I want to do after dealing with words and sound bites all day is stare some more at my computer and deal with words and dialogue. If I were a better person, I’d go to bed earlier and get up at the crack of dawn and write. But I’m not that better person.
I’m giving myself a pass this week. I knew it would be a stressful week at work, what with threats of a government shutdown. Plus, my Skype partner had another commitment and couldn’t make our once a week playwriting lab. So no new pages for me.
But just giving myself a week off gave me the space to actually send out some query letters and submit a couple of plays here and there. And my brain has been working on rewriting the LA Riots play. So I haven’t completely given up my identity as playwright.
I’ve had a hard time finding a regular schedule for my writing – partly because of the unpredicability of the day job, partly because both my husband and I work out of an 800 square foot coop. And he’s a writer, too. There’s something about that other person sucking all the creative energy out of a place.
When I was working on the many, many rewrites of “Gogol Project,” I found that if I could set aside 90 minutes a day, I could write a play. That resolution has fallen away. I did manage to finish the first draft of a new play in spits and spots. But after more than two decades of writing plays, I wish I knew a more efficient way to do it.
I’m curious about your writing habits. Do you have a sacred place and time? How long do you typically sit down to write at a time? Is caffeine a requirement?