Writing when you’re too tired to write


Post #: 223
Post type: Blog post
Date: 2014-03-31 21:40:24.000
Author: Jeremy Reimer
Tags: Writing, Work

That side panel on the left of my blog continues to taunt me. Beyond the Expanse! 100% Complete! Now in Editing!

It’s been in editing for months. I think I’ve edited about five pages so far.

My excuse is that I’m tired from my job. Working at DemonWare has been a thrilling roller-coaster ride so far. I’ve never had the pleasure of working alongside so many smart people. There’s an endless amount of interesting technical things to learn, and an endless amount of things to write. This is a company that has grown explosively over the last few years and they desperately need someone to tame the mess of information that they’ve created.

So desperate that they’ve renewed my contract for another six months.

I’m thrilled, naturally, but a part of me wonders if that damn sidebar on the left hand side of my blog is going to have to sit idle even longer.

Up until now I’ve felt that all I could do was come home from work, eat dinner, maybe watch a bit of TV, and then collapse into bed. It’s an easy excuse. This is a demanding job at a company that demands top performers and gives them top salaries and benefits to match. With these demands, surely I need to conserve my mental energy to be able to give my best work, right?

And yet I wonder.

Every day I come home and I don’t work on my personal projects, I feel like I lose something of myself. And if I keep losing myself, won’t that just lead to a diminished soul, and thus a diminished work performance?

So I’m trying something new. Every day, for as long as I can keep it up, I’m going to do something creative for myself. It could be writing, it could be editing, it could be anything. Today is the first day, and I’m writing this blog post. It’s not much. But it’s something.

There are a lot of excuses for not working on your dreams. But not very many good ones.

I’ll see you tomorrow.


loisrp on 2014-05-15 10:54:38.000

How's it going in this respect? This is a huge challenge when you have a challenging, all-consuming job. I always feel like something important is being dropped (right now it is my cultural blogging in my case).

Jeremy Reimer on 2014-06-03 14:46:38.000

Well, I think the lateness of my reply will give you some idea of how it's going. :(

I'm trying to work in my own projects here and there, but it's tough. Right now I'm focusing on finishing the copy editing for Book Three, with the help of my lovely wife.

So it's going.. but slowly, and I don't always do something every day. But as I'm getting more of a handle on my job, perhaps I'll be able to do a bit more.

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