Monday, June 14, 2010

Artists and their schedules

Recently a good friend of mine wrote a fantastic post on her blog, Pink Velvet Bird, about creative overload and how does one find the time to tackle every project out there. She listed what a typical day is like for herself and how we need to fire Monday and add more time. I like that idea. Simply because when anyone decides they want to immerse themselves in the arts, time is a thief. There are so many great arts and crafts blogs out there that you can get lost just trying to read them all.
I wanted to add something to her post and that is, if you are fortunate to work in your art field, not many will respect you for it either, unless you are famous or make a lot of money. As my husband said, "No one sees writing as a hard day's work." Amusing since many people love to read, but have no idea how difficult, insane and rewarding the process can be to a writer.
I know most of our friends wonder what I do all day since I have chosen to pursue writing. Now, truthfully, I am old enough now to not give a crap what anyone thinks, but I thought it could be interesting to do the same post as Pink Velvet Bird. Thanks to Filomena for the inspiration!!

Most mornings I get up between 7 and 7:30, take dog out and then bring her inside unless she feels like strolling around the property which she prefers on nice days. I will then check the veggie garden, weed in and around it, then check on all the other flowers and water everything.

8:00 to noon or 12:30 - Writing/housework. Housework meaning laundry, vacuuming, dishes or whatever else.

Noon or 12:30 until 1:30 0r 2:00 -Gym/Lunch/take dog out, check veggie garden and flowers again. Chipmunks have been a bit of a nightmare as of late in our front yard with the flowers.

2:00 to 5:30-6:00 Write until dinner time. Do some more housework if necessary.

Sometimes I even write at night if I am really on a roll, but I try to keep that to the daytime. I have also been knitting a MASSIVE blanket out of king size sheets for my godson. He is special needs and these types of blankets are good for tactile reasons and comforting. I would like to get that done so I have added that to my daily list of tasks.

I try to give myself eight hours a day, as I would in an office, but sometimes appointments come up or distractions and I have learned to work around them. The goal is to write 2,000 words or more daily. Not always easy, because I get caught up in re-reading and editing, but I try to hit the mark best I can. Some days I get up earlier and start writing earlier, it all depends.

So there is my day and trust me, there are times where I wish I could get up, put on a good flick and just write and write. As I have quoted this before from the scene in Frida when after showing Diego Rivera her work, Frida asked him if she should continue painting.
"What do you care about my opinion? If you're a real painter, you'll paint because you can't live without painting. You'll paint till you die. "

THAT is how I feel about writing.


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