During October’s writers’ critique group meeting, members shared the different ways that they make (or find) time to write.
The discussion revealed that some of us work with a set schedule: “write from time x to time y every day of the week.” Others of us work “when-the-spirit-moves-us.” Still others work somewhere in between: “set aside the next three days, and getting some writing done somewhere in there, and a spot of laundry too!”
Not only was it fun to see how each writer is unique in her/his approach to writing, but also to observe just how many different ways there are to ply a craft. I have observed bits of each of these methods in my own work; if our conversation was any indication, there are certainly more ways that those listed above to make time for creating art.
Let’s extend this discussion to all you artists, written, visual, and otherwise:
When do you create your art? Whenever you feel like it? When your client puts in a request? At a set time, every day? Somewhere in between? Something else?
Do you have separate times allotted for personal work and professional work?
How does your scheduling (or lack thereof) affect your creativity?