There are weeks I live solely for the weekend, and this past week was no exception. I expected two days devoted to indulging my one true love—writing with my primary commitment to creating a working plot and interviewing my characters. But Saturday’s unexpected indoor water park fiasco derailed the full day’s schedule. A short-lived leak requires massive effort to fix the basement. Now all my eggs rest in a hopeful Sunday basket.
The crucial question open for discussion over my morning coffee is whether the prudent action is to filter through the remains downstairs and put everything back together again or to continue as planned and keep my writing appointment. The list of Pros and Cons grows in my mind. Neither outweighs the other by a significant margin until I realize it’s not an either-or proposition. Pomodoro to the rescue.
The clean-up project does not require my complete concentration, and the writing sessions proceed more effectively when we take frequent breaks during our intensive interviews. My optimum timeframe works out to be fifty-two minutes, followed by a fifteen-minute recess. Reworking the basement should benefit from a more generous twenty to thirty-minute stint. But it will also allow me the time necessary to think of solutions for any problems in the character examinations.
The entire scenario is not ideal, but sometimes we must create ways to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. This Sunday, the prospect of Monday morning anxiety and regret over a shortened weekend schedule will arrive far too soon.
Do you look forward to Sundays or dread Monday’s return?
Keep on writing.
Jo Hawk The Writer