Have you ever heard the aphorism “If you need something done, give it to a busy person”? I have always thought this was hilariously cruel to the already overworked, but I actually think it’s quite true. It’s like Newton’s first law of motion, which states that “an object at rest tends to stay at rest” (or, as Wikipedia-I’m-So-Smartia puts it: “if the net force (the vector sum of all forces acting on an object) is zero, then the velocity of the object is constant”) — in this case, a writer who is already writing can write more and more quickly than a writer who hasn’t been writing.
I imagine this is a dreadful misunderstanding of Newton’s laws (the other two, I believe, are “Protect humans” and “No disassemble, Stephanie”), but the point is that I find when I’m really hitting the keyboard and getting work done, the addition of a side writing project or even a strictly optional writing task (like this blog) doesn’t even feel like additional work. The gears are already greased — bring on da assignments!
I started yesterday with Textbroker.com (btw, if you’re looking for a job in Las Vegas, they pay well for editors and need them muchly) and so far I’ve written five articles. One on the history of the vacuum cleaner, one on wines served at the World Series of Poker, and so on in that completely random vein. AND I’m writing this blog AND working on my books (although I didn’t yesterday bc I was so wiped) AND I’m finishing up other assignments…
I imagine this is what happens with college students at prestigious universities — finish one bolus of work, get chewing on the next one, on and on and on. (See my other work at http://www.disgustingmetaphors.com.) I wouldn’t know about that myself, since my (awesome) university’s application was printed on the reverse side of Burger King paper placemats, but I’ve seen Real Genius and it looks tough.
Anyway, I’m loving this writing life. I’ve said for decades that this is what I wanted, and holy moley, now I seem to have it. You, gentle reader, are the reason for all of this, so enjoy. I heart you.