I write M-F, but I don’t usually write on the weekends. I use the weekends to read and replenish my mind and hang out with my loved ones just like many M-F workers do. But when I take these days off, I feel so guilty! I feel like I should be writing all the time so I can improve and get that much closer to publication. I don’t know of many jobs where people feel guilty when they’re off on the weekends. It seems special to us writers only. Hooray.
But writers have two kinds of guilt: when we’re not writing, and when we are writing! Now what’s up with that? I lose track of time when I’m writing; it goes by so quickly when I’m immersed in a story.
Part of this zigzagging journey is overcoming the struggles, so here are two ways I deal with my writer’s guilt:
Journal Writing. Though I put aside my wip(s) on the weekends, I still write in my journal. Journal writing helps me relax and I often generate ideas for my wip and future writing projects without consciously doing so. I also do writing prompts and exercises in notebooks on the weekends. It keeps me warmed up for the writing week ahead and I’m doing something creative each day. I’m keeping my imagination active while resting my eyes from the glaring laptop screen.
Setting Alarm. I have a big obnoxious pink watch that’s not appropriate to wear on a job interview. Or anywhere in public but sometimes I do anyway! I changed its settings so the alarm beeps every hour. It jolts me from my writing reverie and reminds me to look at the clock and do things like eat chocolate, drink water, return phone calls, feed my husband, eat more chocolate.
Do you feel guilty on the days you don’t write and when writing infringes on your other obligations? How do you deal?
Happy weekend, Zigzaggers!!!