Second Career Writer, Part 2: Revising Life, by Kristen C. Strocchia


While my Time Ferrets Anonymous post championed making the most of every moment for moving a writing career forward, there’s something to be said for revising life. While it’s generally a New Year tradition to make positive changes, why not consider whether it’s possible to make room for more substantial writing time today?


2. To reconsider and change or modify:

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Freelance editor Harold Underdown defines revision as re-envisioning what is. When we need to find more money in our budgets, we often need to examine our current spending habits to see what can be changed. For example, a $5 specialty coffee a day habit is a $1,825 coffee habit per year. But at $5 a pop it doesn’t seem like such a big deal. And so it is with time.

Look at what some daily habits cost over the course of a year:

  • The 5 minutes it takes to stop and get that specialty coffee: 1,825 minutes (a.k.a. 30.4 hours; OR 1.3 days)
  • Hitting snooze for 15 minutes: 5,475 minutes (a.k.a. 91.25 hours; OR 3.8 days )
  • Playing Candy Crush—or some other game app—for 30 minutes: 10, 950 minutes (a.k.a. 182.5 hours; OR 7.6 days)
  • Checking social media for 30 minutes…which turns into a whole hour: 21,900 minutes (a.k.a. 365 hours; OR 15.2 days)

All totaled, that’s 27.9 twenty-four hour days—almost the whole month of February (provided you don’t sleep)! Not to mention how much time is lost by not keeping my pen moving with my actual writing time. (Time may vary.)

That’s not to say that these things should never be done, but they’re worth re-envisioning if you’re looking for more writing time in life. Bonus points if you can string these 10, 15, 30 and 60-minute time finds into one almost 2-hour long session for the day.

There are bigger schedule changes that can be made to prioritize this second career too. Can you take a weekend for a workshop? What about trading the coffee money  (and time) to make it happen? The life revision possibilities are endless, and personal to your actual life circumstance.

Bottom line? Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

What life revisions can you think of?



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