Margaret talks about being disciplined as a writer
It’s difficult being disciplined when you’re working from home but for a writer, or anyone who works from home for that matter, it is vitally important. It’s no good saying you’ll make your start in an hour or so, or even tomorrow because tomorrow never comes.
I make a rule of beginning work each day as soon as breakfast is over and the household chores done. I treat my writing as a job and virtually work office hours. It probably comes from the fact that when I first started writing I was also working – I worked for a small company and my boss was out a lot, therefore there was time when I had nothing to do. I used to read – but then an idea popped into my head for a story - and so it began.
I kept the discipline up when I left my job to become a full-time writer and although I’m now of the age when most people have retired I can’t see myself ever doing that. I do sometimes work less hours, or even take a day off to spend time with my long-suffering husband, but writing is still my passion, my pleasure and my life.
The dictionary definition of undisciplined is – not controlled, not trained to obey. So in effect I’ve trained myself to do the very opposite – and I can only do it if I enjoy it. Which I do. I love meeting my characters, giving them lives of their own, giving them problems, solving them. Creating the HEA.
Is your life disciplined or undisciplined?