I’m a big fan of Urban Writers Retreats. I’ve never been on one, but I’m sure I’d like it.
I’ve never been on one despite having a busy life, & being a perfect candidate, because in the last twenty one months I’ve had precisely two whole weekend days to myself, and I felt beholden to a) spa and b) drink champagne at the Wolesley instead. Taking an entire day of the weekend for myself feels horrifically selfish when your husband (also known as ‘childcare’) works a 45 hour week.
But now I’m trying to get myself writing again, I see Charlie is running an online bootcamp about increasing your writing time. She’s made a nice video about using a week’s timetable to find times when you might be writing instead. I mentally tried her approach this afternoon, while herding a toddler around the park. Most days are the same after all:
- Wake up too bloody early whatever time it is but let’s say it’s 7. Block off the next 12 hours under Toddler.
- Consider the possibility of using naptime – potentially 60-90 minutes. Discounted when I realise that 15 mins is spent anxiously wondering if he’ll go to sleep at all, another 10 making a coffee as quietly as possible, 30-45 spent doing email, making calls, paying bills, packing the afternoon bag, hanging laundry, fretting about dinner.
- Consider the hours between 7-9pm. Am normally far too tired after that to spell own name correctly. Seems like a likely candidate. Decide to test this evening. Results below:
- Child in bed at 7, begin to make dinner, which will also serve as child’s lunch tomorrow. Collect yet more laundry from around house. Greet husband, discuss day, building work, tiles, child. Eat. Look at clock: 8.30pm
So 8.30-9 it is. It’s time enough. If I remember to turn the telly off.