Kor’Thank word count: 16,557 Echo Vol.4: Currently on my third draft, chapter 68 out of 95
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News: Okay, I’m preparing for a dilemma that I have as of yet been lucky enough not to face, but most of you aspiring writers are already dealing with: that of a regular job. Currently I’m in my last year of school, getting ready to join the forces of productive citizenry come January of next year. That’s a little ways off, but if I want to make any use of my military past (which I like to use in a practical sense instead of bragging about the good ol’ days, which gets really old really fast), I’ve gotta prepare for foreseeable adversity, right?
So here’s the sitch: business degree, concentration in accounting, gotta lotta books to write, and still wanna stay in shape. Optimal position? I live off my books and don’t have to worry about a job, still have plenty of time work out and pursue peripheral hobbies. Likelihood of that? Very slim (but I am positioning my resources to be able to live comfortably with or without my books and with or without a job in about ten years time, barring unforeseen emergencies).
Okay, so it’s likely I gotta get a job. Optimal job? Work at home, meaning I have greater freedom to write in between work activities and cut out commute, as well as minimize work and meal prep. Likelihood of scoring a work at home job right off the bat? Unlikely. Meaning it’s something to strategically maneuver towards.
Now let’s go to the likeliest, most writing-hostile scenario: physically work at an office. Okay, that means I’ll be able to grab some time at lunch to do some writing (I do intermittent fasting throughout the week and a prolonged fast at the end, meaning I don’t eat lunch), but I still gotta deal with rush hour. Solution? I wake up extra early (I wake up pretty early anyway so this isn’t a big deal) head over to a 24 hour diner close to work, grab some coffee and knock out some writing, then get to grinding at the office. After work, I’ll either work out or knock out some more writing at the diner, then head home, thus avoiding rush hour. Sure, it’ll be a grind and it may mean I’ll have to adjust my tempo, but this way I’m using creativity and adaptability to increase my output while doing an end-run around a major time-killer: rush hour. And while I do so, I’ll be strategizing my way toward a work at home job, then the option to work period.
I know I’ve blabbed that the first task of a creative person is using creativity to carve out time to allot to a project. For now, here’s what my evil, scheming mind came up with. Given some luck I won’t have to punch the clock, but hey, when circumstances impose their will on you, you gotta grab any and all high ground, then aggressively impose your will on your surroundings. It may not guarantee success, but I’ll sleep well knowing I did my best to give my efforts the best chance possible. And if they don’t pan out, I’ve planned contingencies to continue shaping my environment to what I consider optimal.
There you go—a peek into how Kent Wayne attacks adulting! If you’re a writer, I wish you inspired drafting and insightful editing!!! 🙂 🙂 😀