I woke smiling today, because I dreamed about writing.
I’m sharing this because dreaming about writing is one of the best signs I have that my work is going well.
Not for editors.
Not for critics.
Not for prospective clients.
Most important, for me.
I write for income and I write for pleasure, and I’m most fortunate when the two mesh. I plan it that way: I rarely write something just for money.
Indeed, I’ve been unemployed for three years — despite so many applications, I’ve stopped counting — so almost any writing is a joy.
(Getting paid for writing, to me, is as exciting now as it was when I got my first cheque from a newspaper, at age 16. Maybe more exciting — being jobless has put a finer edge on things.)
I’m telling you all this because you asked when is the best time to write; do I keep a writing schedule; is there one part of the day that is more productive.
Yes and no/maybe/sometimes.
My private reply to you was this: Not sure. I just write and write and write.
On reflection, that was too flippant, so I’m going to use this blog to share my advice for other young writers.
I feel so fortunate to be able to write and to have time to write (unemployment has its blessings).
I’m grateful for every assignment I get from a newspaper or magazine or other client.
I’m grateful for the excuse to meet strangers and learn about their lives. I’ve always been energized by this, since I became a newspaper journalist at the age of 15.
Nothing in journalism — no amount of money or fame/notoriety or awards or public recognition — equals the joy of interviewing people and telling their stories.
TOMORROW: First, ask yourself why you’re writing