Doubling Down

I took a couple of days off work this week.

So I could . . . work.

Extra.

Because I party hard, y’all.

See, my husband left on Monday to go hunting with some buddies and I had the house to myself. First time overnight separation since the wedding! Woohooo!

I didn’t like it.

But I did figure I should use the extra time to double down on a project I’ve been doing on the side. You know, when I’m not writing for the radio show or managing this blog or doing any of the other million things I’ve been juggling.

Yeah, I needed a couple of completely obligation free days to get some real, solid work done on it. Before it slipped into obscurity.

So I took Monday and Tuesday off. I haven’t done any serious, focused, non-radio-related writing in a while, to be honest. I’ve done five hundred words here and eight hundred there, but most of my days I get between three and four hundred done after I finish at my nine-to-five and before my husband comes home after his nine-to-five.

Thankfully, my nine-to-five is more of a seven-to-three. So I’ve got a gap. Long story.

But what I really needed was a full, uninterrupted day to get a solid chunk of work done. So at 8 AM, I sat down with a cup of tea, my trusty computer, and a few encouraging notes from my writing ladies, and . . . I wrote.

I was kinda shocked. You know how you usually carve out time to do something and then all your inspiration goes out the window and you could care less about whether you get the thing done or not?

That didn’t happen!

I was expecting it to. Just sitting down was nerve-wracking, because I could just feel the words trying to decide whether to show up or flee and leave me to drown my sorrows in tea. But I actually buckled down and—get this—very nearly doubled the size of my project.

Yeah.

I mean, I was pretty close to the beginning still, but four thousand words in one day is nothing to sneeze at. I was pretty excited. I felt like a word ninja. It was awesome.

Then the next day I tried again, and the empty page mocked me and I gave up and had to make dumplings instead, because apparently you can only have one really good writing day at a time. C’est la vie.

What are you working on at the moment? Any special projects? Tell me about them in the comments!

4 Comments Add yours

  1. korifrazier says:

    First off, I get the whole “first separation” thing. Ours was two months after our wedding…and my husband went on a missions trip to Moldova! That meant he was operating on the exact opposite clock from me AND he wasn’t able to call. He had an amazing experience and grew a LOT as a result. But it was hard to be back here living ordinary life while that was happening. I wish I could say I wrote something, but I mainly just hung out with friends I hadn’t seen in awhile.

    I am glad you are experiencing building a special project unrelated to radio (although your AIO episode was pretty genius). I work as a copywriter but am also doing a novel and starting my own writing consulting business. Pay attention to the special projects and inspiration the Lord gives you. We are made in His image and the ability and desire to create is a powerful expression of us showing that we are like our Father! Blessings to you and your creativity. Keep using your wonderful talent for His Glory!

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    1. A.R. Geiger says:

      Yikes! Different time zones are the worst. I can imagine how hard that was. Reconnecting with friends is actually a great idea! Especially right after the wedding, after you’ve had so little time to spare while wedding planning.

      Thank you for the encouragement! I’m so glad you liked the episode. Many more to come soon!
      It sounds like you’re a busy writer yourself. How did you get into copywriting? I’ve looked into it a few times, but jobs are hard to find.

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  2. korifrazier says:

    I got into copywriting kind of by accident. Two years ago, I was laid off from my job teaching communications and English at a career college. I loved working with adult learners and it was a huge loss. Soon after, a job opened up writing text messages for a company that does SMS marketing. That turned out to be a bridge to a more diverse job as a copywriter and content strategist for a marketing agency. I can only say that I got into the field because of the Lord. If He wants you to have a professional opportunity, it won’t matter whether your resume perfectly fits the qualifications—He’ll just open the door.

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    1. A.R. Geiger says:

      I completely agree. Still, it sounds like you were more than qualified! Teaching communications and English counts for a lot, as far as work experience goes. Very cool! Do you like what you do now, or do you see it as a stepping stone to something else?

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