aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,

You asked, I answered: What’s it like to stay home after ten years of working AND writing?

lisa_schroeder asked: “Has staying home to write been what you expected? What's surprised you the most? What's been the most pleasant?“ [Full disclosure: my last day at my day job was Feb. 1 - so nearly 6 months ago. I had worked as a writer for a health care company for 18 years, and I've been writing about a book a year for the last 10 or so years.]

Staying home to write has, in some ways, been different than I expected.
- I find I can’t write more than 3 or 4 hours a day unless my back is totally up against a wall or I am revising. I still feel guilty about that. I mean, I was at work 8 hours a day before. But now that I think about it, it’s probably the same net amount of work I actually accomplished once you subtracted meetings, filling out “creative briefs,” tracking my time, and other worthless things.

- Still, that’s my biggest surprise – how full the day is!

- Another big surprise is figuring out that I can be writing four books at once and working on edits to two more – and have everything more or less hum along smoothly. That’s cool!
- I’m more nervous about money, because there isn’t the comfort of knowing that twice a month, I’ll be paid. I find myself hesitating more over purchases, especially as I watch the price of gasoline, food, and natural gas leap upward.

- I see things now! I walk much more than I used to, and there are so many beautiful plants that I don't ever remember seeing. I used to zoom by everything double-time, thinking one thing, doing another, and maybe even trying to squeeze in a third.

- With a newly minted teen in the house, now is a great time to be home.

- I thought I would cook much more elaborate meals, but so far it’s not happening.

So, what do you want to know?

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