No, I Didn’t Get Any Work Done: You Can Thank My Brain (and the Chocolate)
Welcome to Writer Rants–where every Friday a writer just lets loose on whatever the heck is bugging her this week. Enjoy.
Being a freelance writer is seriously amazing. It’s my dream job and I count my blessings every day. However, there’s just one small problem: it requires a tremendous amount of brainpower. Few tasks require as much brainpower as composing a cohesive, informative, and maybe even slightly funny blog post or article. And you know what, sometimes (okay, at least a few times per week), my brain likes to take a vacation. It sucks. Here’s what happens:
- Put the kids down for their naps and pull out the laptop.
- Write down my notes for the article, do the research, and open up Word to get started.
- Stare at screen. Nothing.
- Check Facebook, play some slots, call my mom.
- Go back to Word and hope my brain decides to show up.
- Nothing. Okay, fine. I’ll pull out my secret weapon.
- Head to the cupboard and grab out a couple of Dove Dark Chocolate Promises (the best chocolate ever!).
- On second thought, grab two more.
- Go back to the laptop and eat the chocolate way faster than anyone should.
- Open up the Word document and finally start writing (hallelujah!).
- Two paragraphs in, the baby monitor goes off.
Shoot, well, there went my writing time. Guess I’m going to have to work after the kids go to bed (again!). And when my husband asks why I didn’t get anything done for the day, you better believe I’m going to put 100% of the blame on my brain. On the plus side, I have more chocolate to look forward to.
This happens more days than I would care to admit. But, luckily, there are also days where my brain shows up in full force. I love those days. I just sit down and the words start flowing out. If only I could analyze my brain to figure out the difference. (Anybody, any ideas?)
In short, I love my job. Being a freelance writer is wonderful. I love my clients. And, usually, I love my brain. That is all. Rant over.
When she’s not busy writing, Rachel M loves to spend time with her two young children, reading books, going for walks, and memorizing the words to every Disney movie out there. She attempts to keep a clean home and presentable hair and makeup at all times, but making memories always comes first.