Friday, January 6, 2012

Splodey


Being my fifth submission to Alex Cavanaugh's Insecure Writer's Support Group


This post was originally supposed to go up on Wednesday, but due to a whole lot of anxiety over posting something anxious as my first post of the year, I bumped it to today. Better late than never, right? Right!?

Anyway, recent events at work, the holidays and a bout with a nasty bug have left my sense of order and creative impulses all caddywampus and/or akimbo.

When my department at work decided to take it easy during the week between Christmas and New Years, I thought "Fantastic! If people are only going to be in for a couple hours during the afternoons, things will be quiet and I can get tons of writing done!" So, I elected to just slightly relax my work regimen in hopes of being productive. Alas, it turned into a situation where I did a lot of work but felt like I got nothing done. The couple hours in the afternoon turned into a string of meetings which required both preparation and post-meeting thought-gathering. As a result, I didn't have time to really sink into a writing Zen. Though my thoughts on the project became clearer in certain areas, very few jams were kicked out.

Towards the end of the week, as we discussed the schedule moving forward, I mentioned to the Boss that writing is a process that works best with big chunks of time unhindered by interruption or distraction. He said he agreed and gave me his blessing to do some work from home if it would help. "Oh, and BTW, next week, we should have a series of meetings each day to discuss this, that and the other. KTHXBAI"



So, that's my story. I'm hoping to finally reach the productivity Nirvana of "not in a noisy office" next week, because my schedule is open... so far.

How do you write best, when it comes to work? Can you do it from home or do the TVs and home projects lure you with their siren song? Coffee shop? Library? I'd love thoughts and recommendations.

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