The Day Job
Here's a question bordering on private life, but we don't write in a vacuum, do we? Personally, the most important factor in determining how well I'm writing is how happy and well I'm feeling in other areas.
So, last year I reduced my day job hours to a minimum, to focus more on writing. "Great", I thought. And, of course, I'm lucky to be able to afford it too.
Then for a three months or so it went fine.
Since Christmas, though, it's been difficult. Being honest I'm writing more hours, but definitely NOT doing more writing. When editing I'm labouring more over decisions (i.e., this sentence or that, I can't tell!), so it seems (for me) that with less time away from the writing it's harder to see things clearly? Also, maybe the writing sessions are less intense, since extra "writing" time has meant plenty of time to drift (or hang around SFF Chrons!).
Anyway, I'm socialising more, so that's good, but I am almost decided on upping my day job hours again. I'm a psychotherapist, which means that (again) I'm lucky -- although psychotherapy is hard work, it's thoroughly enjoyable!