Writing Exercises: "Five Ways To Make Work Better-So You Can Write More"
To begin with this week's blog, I should point out that there will be no worksheet this week due to the content beginning chapter two. In this chapter Greaney offers advice on how a writer can adjust their work attitude, especially when balancing their two lives. Greaney narrows it down to a list of five steps in which a writer can make their job better--so they can write more.
The first of these steps comes off as obvious, but it is important every once in a while to be reminded of the basics. The first step is to just do it. It is common sense to consider that just getting the job done is a lot better than whining about it. Whether you are beginning a job or you have had one, it is important to earn your keep. It is all about pulling your weight and earning your spot wherever you work.
In step two, Greany reminds us of one more basic but crucial details about a job: it is just a job. This simple fact is often forgotten because of the world we live in today and how much of our lives are absourbed by having to have a job. Although this is true, there is no job that is worth giving your life for and remember the bigger picture: you are a writer. Above all else, whether you can not stand the job you have now, or you have been let go, a job is a job while writing is your career.
Step three discusses the danger of envy. This is something we are all guilty of, present company included, as I dream of the writers out there who have it made churning thousands of words at a time and having a book out by years' end while I am here with my macbook hyperventalating at my fifty six-thousand words--produced within a month's time. As Greaney tells it, this image is nothing more than an innacurate fantasy that we need to let go. Many writers who are successfully published suffer their own lack of accomplishment on the lengthiest of sabbaticals. Jobs that keep you busy can teach you to discipline yourself when writing, so taking off work to write that first novel may not be the best option.
Step four is to avoid the complainers. The show "The Office" is partly hilarious because in every one of our work places we have felow employees that remind of us each character (which is the point of how each character was written). As a result of this, often times there will be certain employees in your workplace that can be clacified as the "complainers." Do not roam with the moaners and keep to your own work. Work is work, yes I wish we could all just be paid to live but that is not the real world. Instead keep to your own work, get it done and go home to your career. Work is something we just have to do, but there is no reason to make it a miserable experience.
Step five, develope a transition ritual. There's a time to work, and there's a time to write but transitioning directly from one to another is exceedingly difficult. It is important to let off some steam between each and get your mind out of "work mode" so that you may easily enter "writing mode." You can do this by scheduling a daily activity to go to after work. Go to the gymn and get your blood pumping, go to a coffee shop and sip your favorite thing on the menu, or even just stroll around your favorite hang out. Do anything you can to unwind before you transition to working on your writing career.