Change is Coming

2017 is a year of change for me. It has to be, since I am determined to get back to writing and get my novel published. One of the reasons that I was unable to do pretty much anything last year was that my chronic fatigue coupled with my current job was sapping me of all my energy. Literally.

I would force myself out of bed in the mornings, already exhausted. I’d spend my day at work, keeping up a happy front, not letting people know how bone-tired I really was. Then as soon as I came home, I’d just deflate basically. Unable to keep my eyes open, I’d fall asleep and easily waste hours. Eventually I’d force myself up again, make some dinner. Maybe have an hour or two of trying to stay awake before going to bed for the night.

I’m writing it in past tense, but that is still the case today. It’s a struggle, and I can’t keep doing it. I get nothing done outside of working, since all I seem to do is sleep. Writing suffers. My chores around the home suffer. I suffer.

So, with that in mind – I’m making changes.

In an effort to get some energy back, I’ve quit my job and I’m instead going to a different job that is three nights a week rather than five days a week. It’s my hope that this will solve some of my lack of energy, since I won’t work as many days straight in a row – giving me more time to recuperate some energy. Which in turn should also give me more time to write (and do the other things that need doing).

It’s possible that it’s not going to make a difference, that I’m just too far gone into the rabbit hole of tiredness and exhaustion – but I have to try, because I can’t keep going like this.

Fingers crossed, that this will pay off – and I can get into a good routine of work, sleep, writing and having a bit of a life again.


Change is Coming — 2 Comments

  1. I don’t know how anyone can write a single word when they’re bone-tired. I used to stay up all night writing, but that was when I was proper buzzing, pleasantly sleepy. The momentum of getting things completed drove me. Now I have no momentum (or am just building it up again) I’m much more conscious of the condition my body is in. I can write tired, but much prefer not to. I can get away with it if I don’t have to get up early the next morning, otherwise it just messes me up.
    And with the amount of medication for migraines I’m on these days, tiredness is pretty much a given. I think that’s why I write so fast. 2k words the other night in under an hour, was probably a case of “Gotta get this done before I faceplant in the keyboard!”

    • I can write when tired, not so much when asleep. (Hah!) Hopefully these changes to my work schedule will help, because not getting enough (awake) time to write is doing my head in. And making my home look like much more of a mess than I’d care to admit!

      Writing as much as possible before you’re out seems like a solid plan. I might have to try that approach!

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