It felt like someone kicked me in the stomach when I learned my contract deadline was October 1st. Don’t get me wrong, I was thrilled at the opportunity so many writers would give their left typing hand for. But still, my day job is intense beyond description.
I manage one of the largest river resort in America. On busy Fridays, within a few hours, we check in well over a thousand people, for a weekend camping or lodging stay. We also rent rafts, canoes, tubes, and kayaks during that time, so the pace is relentless. Come Saturday morning, we do it all again, on our busiest floating day of the week. I work almost as much in two days as many folks do in a whole week. By late Saturday night, I’m drooping like a parched flower in need of a long drink.
So when I learned I had to finish my first non-fiction book over the course of a busy summer season, I wilted. Then I prayed.
Under current conditions, it rarely works for me to write when I get home at night. I’m just too exhausted. Not only do customer demands take it out of me, but caring for employees equally steals my energy. I must make the most of every moment during my days off. With Christ’s help, I’m plowing through this book — and it’s working.
By tenaciously writing one word at a time, I’m nearing the finish line on this project. I don’t have the luxury of tweaking each tiny word, punctuation mark, or grammatical staging as I would normally do. This has helped me overcome a long fought battle to stop editing while I write.
The mix of a pressurized day job and my publishing contract are forcing me to get words on the page, and stop worrying about how they sound initially. Out of pure necessity, I’ve written this book in the rough without much concern for polish. And I’m discovering what others tried to tell me.
When you vomit on the page, an unendearing, yet accurate account of writing without thought to what the final outcome will look like, creative surprises pop onto the page. By the time I finish First Hired, Last Fired — How to Become Irreplaceable in Any Job Market, my process of writing will have changed drastically. For the better.
I now know from experience that I can write under almost any conditions when forced to. I can write faster, cleaner, and more creatively because I have a day job that makes me do my best work under some of the worst situations.
God gave me my day job, and I’m as grateful for it as I’m grateful for the opportunities he gives me as a writer. Without the resources of my job, I couldn’t pay the bills, and I couldn’t invest in writing. At least for now, it’s necessary to do both to the best of my ability. And with a glad heart.
Have you been surprised at doing something you never thought possible?
Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, Productivity Specialist, Certified Team Training Facilitator, Marketing Specialist, national speaker, and author. She lives in Missouri with her husband Ricky.
She’s passionate about business with integrity, healthy marriage, and issues of identity. She travels the country teaching others from her personal experiences and research.
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