I haven't worked what we showbiz folks call a "day job" since 1987.
In the world of the actor, that's pretty damned good. What that means is that for the last 25 years, I have supported myself as an actor. I may not have ever reached that upper echelon of fame, but I have made a living. At times a rather nice living. At other times (like now...) a rather meager living. But a living nonetheless.
Because of this "meager living" thing, I really need to work on monetizing my writing. That means focusing myself on specific writing projects that I can sell and make money. Specifically, I have what I think is an amazing idea for a children's novel, which I am extremely excited about and EAGER to write.
Sounds easy enough, right? But it's not. Because I don't seem to know how to work.
My Daddy used to always tell me that I was a lazy thing, and despite the tremendous amount that I do...I fear he's right. I piddle. I play. I procrastinate. I don't know how to make myself do the work.
For an actor, once you make the effort to get an agent, the agent basically does the work for you. Because the "work" is the getting of the work. When you actually get a job and go to "work", that's the fun! Because for an actor, working is playing. So your agent gets you the audition, you just have to show up, play a little bit and go home. And if you played really impressively, you get the job, and they give you money to play even more.
To prove my point, I offer you the Trident commercial I shot last month. I am the dance crazed business woman in the middle shaking her moneymaker. Literally...
For playing for two days in this silly way, they are giving me money. It's hard to call this...work.
But here I am with this amazing book idea, and I just don't know how to focus myself. I seem to have SO much going on in my life which I'm constantly juggling, that I can't seem to make the time on a constant, daily basis to work.
Here are a few things I think would help me...
- Prioritizing...me. I am never my priority. Jude is. Jimmy is. Cleaning the house. Jude's school. My choir. I need to make my work an absolute priority.
- Creating a space. I have no office. I do all my blogging on my laptop wherever I can - the bedroom, the kitchen, the bathtub - I'm all over the place. We actually have an office, but Jimmy's desk is in there, Jude's computer is in there, and...a tremendous amount of CRAP is in there. I need to clean it out, and create a space just for me. My only real alternative to the office would be to make myself a little space in the attic. This would involve shoving all the Christmas decorations out of the way, and making myself a tiny hole. Might work.
- Making a schedule. I think I need to choose a particular time of day, say 10:00 am to noon. And make that my "work time". I need to shut myself up, stop doing laundry, don't answer the phone, and just write. The problem with this, of course, is that nothing else in my life has a schedule, so this will constantly get screwed up. I'll get auditions. I'll need to do stuff at Jude's school. But if I could even work three days a week, I'd feel like I was making a good effort.
- Blogging...less. Yes, that's right. Because I get caught up with needing to get something posted, and that becomes my writing time for the day. If I loosened up, and didn't feel like I HAD to do a Random Tuesday Thoughts every single week, and a Mama Kat's Workshop all the time, I would have much more time to write my other projects.
- Spending less time screwing around on the internet. Like Daddy said, I'm a piddler. And while some of the piddling is productive (like say actually reading other people's blogs and commenting, which I'm HORRIBLE ABOUT), much of it is NOT. Like playing stupid GAMES.
Okay. Writing all this down is making me feel very inspired. I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.
I am open to any and all ideas that y'all have that might help me learn how to work. I thank you in advance.
Wish me luck!
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