Two-fer: Time and Tunes.
I have come to the acceptance that there is never enough time to do all that needs to be done. There is never enough tme to do all that needs to be done. There will always be more laundry to wash, groceries to buy, rooms to clean and, most importantly, words to write.
So, I have given myself permission to “pay myself first,” as investors like to say. The number one thing on my To-do list is always “WRITE.” My lunch hours are either to run errands or to write, and writing now comes first. Yes, things are chaotic, but I’m still much happier.
The quickest way for me to jump back into a project is with tunes. I create soundtracks for each project, sometimes for each character, and am transported back into the world I’ve created. Music blocks out the real world of clattering dishes and conversations and plunges me into the fantasy.
The project I’m finishing up now is full of Andrea Bocelli and various salsa tunes. My WIP2, set in the west Texas dust and tumbleweeds, is Stevie Ray Vaughn, Los Lonely Boys and Back Door Slam among others. It’s the quickest way for me to jump in, which helps immensely when you have to steal time to live your passion.
What’s on your soundtrack?
My lunch breaks are spent the same way when I’m lucky – writing, that is. Preferred soundtrack: The Piano Guys, kalnka,and Jerry Orbach.