Shelley Aikens:  Hot, Steamy Erotica
*Sigh* It really isn't easy to keep up a writing career when you're working full time. How do other people do it? In the last two months, I might have spent only 20 hours writing. My "firm" goal of writing every day has flown out the window.  Maybe it's because I'm in the revision stage, which is definitely my least favourite part of the writing process.  It's hard not to procrastinate when you have to do something you dislike almost as much as emptying the cat litter box.  

But now I'm starting to miss my writing so much! It's that familiar, restless craving to sit down and pour out another story.  But with most of my time spent at work, as well as the need to get through these blasted revisions first, I'm not sure when I'll be able to start my next story. I need to do something to make my schedule work better with my writing.  I'm not a morning person, so the idea of getting up at 5am to write seems like torture. On the other hand, writing at night doesn't work either, because at the end of the day I'm so tired, I can barely keep my eyes open.  As for right after work, the last thing I want to do after sitting in front of a computer all day is fire up my laptop!  So that leaves--when exactly?

I guess if I had to pick the least of the evils, I would surprisingly pick the 5am wakeup.  I can understand why so many full-time workers/part-time writers choose the wee hours as their writing time. There's nothing to distract me at that time, other than my warm, comfy bed... Even the pets won't wake up that time of day, so I'll be all alone with my story and my sexy characters and who knows what kinds of adventures they get up to? Hmm, maybe not much at 5am, but we'll see. 

So shall I try it? An experiment: I'll get up at 5 am--no wait, let's make that 6am--every day next week and see how I like the early-morning writing routine.  Not this week, though, because I'm off to Vegas for a few days. Hmm, maybe I'll get some inspiration for my next novel while I'm there???