Freudian Script: Work-Life Balance

Freudian Script: Work-Life Balance

Another junior doctors' strike, another blog post from me! My theme, however, is one that is relevant to all professionals but particularly writers of all stripes. I am talking about the mythical work-life balance. What is work-life balance? This term is most commonly used when talking about the proportion of life spent on employment compared to family, hobbies and rest. It is most often applied when talking about how jobs can be all-consuming and gradually take over your entire existence, like a life-sucking parasite. Ahem. One of the reasons the junior doctors' contract negotiation is so emotive is the discussion of Saturday working - is Saturday a normal working day or is it special? Retail jobs, for example, mainly consider Saturday a normal working day, as do the police. Professional jobs consider Saturday a non-office day in the main, but people may be working from home. Schools and childminders definitely consider Saturday a non-working day. Writers do not enjoy such demarcation lines. Professional writers can...
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Why flatmates are disastrous and necessary to writing

I currently have three flatmates. We are all young women with the same day job (only I turn into a pumpkin in the evening). And they are a nightmare. They want to watch endless reruns of Friends. They tempt me into eating takeaway. One gossips constantly about celebrities. One simply cannot leave work at work. One hates chick flicks and another hates action movies. They are very sociable and worry when I'm out of the room for more than half an hour, which makes my writing targets pretty difficult to meet. But they're fantastic. They love going to the cinema. They have unique speech patterns, backgrounds and quirks. Two have boyfriends and one is single, looking - and that all comes with its own drama. They love to go out to eat. We gossip about our colleagues, our mutual friends, our other friends and come up with our own spin on the rumour mill. It's like having a character factory in my living room. The problem...
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The slow steps of a journey

I'm working evenings this week. Basically, this means I get to do mundane things during normal working hours - like go to the bank and pick up my prescription - and then work an eight-hour day at the end. Disruptions to my schedule tend to go badly for my writing routine. I know that I write in the evening after work. I now need to get used to writing mid-afternoon with a cup of tea - but only for five days. Shift work drives me crazy. However, the first draft of The Greenwich Problem is finished. A lot of work to go and a month to do, but I'm letting it rest a couple of days. I've pitched another plot to Persona, so we'll see how that fits in. And my friends at Realm Pictures have a sexy new website and a sexier showreel. Watch out for the sneak peak at their upcoming underwater feature: ...
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