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Slipping on the Poetry Skin – A Day of Writing

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At last, a writing day, slipping on my poetry skin! piles_of_books-red

Work is always slow to pick up at the beginning of the term and my PPA Music job was cancelled (an hour or so before I was due to start on Tuesday). This could be a blessing in disguise for many reasons, but I found it rather irritating as the garage really needed to keep my car and check the rear brakes and it would have been ready for 1pm. I collected it Monday night instead as I needed it sooner for work!

Basically if my car had started (had to replace battery) on Monday, then I would have worked all day, it would have created about 3 hours writing time, which I actually spent visiting relatives, shopping and delivering a thank you parcel to my neighbour who had helped me with my car.

Tuesday by the time I found work was cancelled I was already into a scheduled day full of tasks and things that had to be done before Midday. I fancied the idea of writing but that is not what happened. I had to tutor and go straight to the Poetry Lounge in Ludlow, so the spare hour or so before this was spent sorting my set as I was one of the Guest poets.

Wednesday rolled around- I was still up in the small hours, pumped with adrenalin after a night in Ludlow, I even watched a film?! So in the morning I woke early, ‘on call’ and knew I needed more sleep… which I managed, waking up to the phone sometime after 10 a.m – finally the office called with work. So the writing I’d decided to do got shelved as I had less than 2 hours from bed to car to work. An hour to get up and an hour to route find and Streetview, really need to get my SATNAV working!

Maybe I would write in the evening. Well, I won’t go into too much detail, the work was fine, lovely in fact… the lanes were unmarked and I needed a helicopter to find the village. It was already a 40mile round trip. I spent an extra hour driving around, up and down the same 5 mile stretch trying to find my turn. In the end after maps, calls and phone apps. I did the terribly old fashioned thing of parking up and popping into the Post Office (I was in a neighbouring village, according to all the gadgetry about 1.8 miles away)! Instructions were clear and simple, 3 right turns and I was there.

Fortunately I arrived in time but flustered after an hour and a half in the car. I got home in 40 minutes but was so tired I just needed the settee and TV. I had a bite to eat and fell asleep. Waking up shortly before 11pm.

When I finally went to bed in the early hours, I prayed I wouldn’t get a work call. Prayers answered, I’ve started on the chores and written a list of writing tasks and things to do before tutoring later and then I am off out to perform at the New Year SpeakEasy.

I had planned to just go and watch, catch up with friends after missing the Christmas event due to ill health, then I got an email asking to perform, which I am more than happy to do, so no night off for me!

Last year I was far more disciplined and organised about the writing time. I feel an analogy coming on; Last year I was like an Olympic swimmer in training, early mornings, hours in training, fitting the pool (writing) into every spare minute.

Whereas 2015 sees me turning up at the Gym by late morning, having a relax in the sauna, steam room and jacuzzi, before walking down steps into the shallow end and gently gliding off with a breast stroke (or maybe a hotel pool with an inflatable and a cocktail). It is meant to be this way, for a few weeks at least.

I am working on submissions this morning, catching up with emails, contacting all the poets in my team for next week’s Mouth and Music Spark Off, finally emailing some much needed poetry to some very important people, submitting workshop poems for publication on websites and taking up a very kind offer from a poet I greatly admire to make one of my poems shine!

I am also writing some new material, seeking out opportunities and checking bits of pre-Christmas admin as well as organising a poem for Stanza (tomorrow) and desperately trying to write my New Year Message post (before mid-January arrives)!

Better get some coffee and get on it!

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Happy Writing

INKSPILL – My Writing Day – Open Discussion

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SATURDAY 26th October – DAY 2

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My Writing Day

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The early part of the year saw a different kind of writing day. Back then I was still working and had to schedule my action plan around my job. Time wise this was much more manageable but energy wise it sucked.

I made the decision to let the job go and recreate my earning potential through a mixture of avenues. I spent the summer taking a much-needed breather, in lieu of a real holiday as we had just moved house.

By the Autumn I found myself back on track with both the world of writing and job interviews and agencies.

I tend to have two times a day when I can write – the morning and night. The afternoons are full of distractions and partly finished jobs and chores.

I know that the MOST important parts of any writing schedule are;

Discipline

Time management

Organisation

Commitment

I am now freelancing in my day job as well as writing so my plan goes one of two ways – it works (if I get no calls) or it doesn’t (if I’m working)!

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A Typical Writing Day Looks Like This

I do not get up at the crack of dawn and make some hours up before breakfast, I did do this when I was at work full time, but I am not a morning person and often I lose more than I gain by working at this time before my brain has started to function.

I usually start between 8-9, I may write about what I have dreamt in my notebook (bedside) I try my best to complete a 5 –10 minute free-write in that lovely, dreamy morning moment when you have just woken and the world and your mind is lucid and only beginning to process reality. This is a practise I promoted at the beginning of InkSpill and it is one in which, I firmly believe.

Often you may end up with pages of unusable trails of words and sometimes you will struggle to read your handwriting, but you are also building up a treasure hoard of ideas and one liners that may see the light of day at some point. And more importantly you are ACTUALLY WRITING.

I usually start between 8-9, I may write about what I have dreamt in my notebook (bedside) I try my best to complete a 5 –10 minute free-write in that lovely, dreamy morning moment when you have just woken and the world and your mind is lucid and only beginning to process reality. This is a practise I promoted at the beginning of InkSpill and it is one in which, I firmly believe.

Often you may end up with pages of unusable trails of words and sometimes you will struggle to read your handwriting, but you are also building up a treasure hoard of ideas and one liners that may see the light of day at some point. And more importantly you are ACTUALLY WRITING.

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I check my action plan* and start working on my daily tasks, usually split across a few projects.

I may stop at 11 or 12, depending on other commitments that day.

I eat lunch and then usually spend some time catching up with social media, emails, blogs.

This is where I need to be disciplined and careful. All too often I am still doing this when Mr G arrives home from work. I attempt to use an hour and return to this task later in the night.

Then I fit the rest of life in.

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At 7pm or sometimes 8 I may write some more depending on the schedule.

9pm –11 I usually spend on the internet researching, communicating, reading and connecting with social media.

At the least I write 8a.m –11a.m morning slot.

* I have kept action plans for a monthly writing schedule as I find it an effective way to manage the written work load and it is a style I am familiar with from work.

Sometimes I don’t manage to accomplish everything that has been planned for the day, it just rolls over into the next one.

I find them an effective way of meeting deadlines as work is always scheduled to be completed before the deadline, allowing me to at least submit it within the deadline, usually a few days later.

I can balance writing, admin, research and editing time and easily see the proportions of each easily, by using different colours on the grid.

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I have learnt that the most important thing is to GET INTO A RHYTHM and your rhythm may not be the same as someone else’s. I read how other writers’ divide their time and will often experiment to see what works for me. This is what works for me. Doing it all first and not punishing myself when I spend the whole day writing and let the chores and paperwork vanish from the TO DO List in my mind!