Thursday, September 21, 2006

Today, I failed.

The last couple of days I've been getting up at 5.30 a.m. - well, actually a little earlier - to try to progress my current W.I.P.. This morning, I didn't manage it. Just too bloody knackered. Hardly surprising really, as I have also not been getting to bed until past midnight most nights. Not so much working on the new one, as frittering away time blogging and myspacing and talking to myself.

I must be getting old. I wrote this book by getting up ridiculously early, in an intense burst of energy one summer not so long ago. But I just don't seem to be able to do it any more.

I just wish there were more hours in the day.

9 comments:

Tara72 said...

I'm having the same problem - coming to the end of my book, fed up and inventing ever more elaborate ways to avoid writing. In my case, maybe it's because I don't really want to let go of it.

Debra said...

I sympathise Roger. The only way I can do it is if my partner is on an early flight and makes a lot of noise when he get's up. But these days I seem to have the ability to sleep through anything.

It's great when you can do it though - you can leave for work with a feeling of smug satisfaction that you've already written a few hundred words.

Dr Ian Hocking said...

Same thing happened to me this morning, Roger. I was meant to get up at 5:50 for the gym, which I do Mon, Wed and Fri - but not this Friday! A bit burned out, I guess. Well, it's been two weeks since my last holiday, after all :-)

Nik's Blog said...

I can empathise too, Rog. I think that I've accepted now that being tired most of the time is part and parcel of being a writer. It could be worse; something you didn't love could be wearing you out. Chin up.

Julie Ann Shapiro said...

Hi Roger,
I can so relate. Normally, I write in the novel in process at night after work, running and dinner. Last night I ran out of steam. This morning I woke up early to write and instead I'm busy sending out press releases promoting the story collection.

Thank goodness there's the weekend ahead where I know I will write and write.

Julie Ann Shapiro

roger said...

Thanks Tara, Debra, Ian, Nik, Julie... Seems like I struck a chord here! The other problem is that the day job is being particularly demanding at the moment. Grrr. I

Debi said...

Morning? As in 'get up in the ...'?

Sorry - does not compute ... But I'm filled with admiration for anyone who understands the words 'getting up at 5.30.'

I could try it but suspect our home would be littered with the twitching corpses of my loved ones by 5.35 ...

roger said...

So you're not a morning person, Debi? I am beginning to realise that I'm not either. I did manage 5.30 on Sunday though. Which is pretty mad. Jeepers. I can't believe I got up at 5.30 on a Sunday.

Debi said...

How did you guess? Nah - I can lie on my settee and write 'til early hours but ... mornings ... duh!