Let's Talk with Cheryl Hollon
Let’s Talk with Cheryl Hollon
Falling into Writing
By Cheryl Hollon
When I retired early from a career in flight simulation engineering to pursue full-time writing, I knew some big changes were going to take place. Now that it’s been five years ago, I look back and I’m surprised at what was easy and what was challenging.
A gradual transition had been my plan all along. I stepped down from full-time engineering to work at part-time writing and then finally up to full-time writing. That transition took about three years but worked out perfectly for both me and my family.
Then there was a massive wardrobe challenge. Yep, that’s me in my engineering uniform of dark suit with white blouse. Indeed, I could write in my pajamas for the entire day if I wanted, but that didn’t work for me. I found that all I wanted to do was social media and the crossword puzzle. That didn’t get many words on the page.
My new dress code is a pair of trousers, a blouse, a scarf, casual flats and typically a hat. I’ve donated all but two of my business suits to charity. I love the relaxed feel of sweaters, jeans and occasionally dress shorts, but appreciate the lift to my spirit. See, the thing is that when I’m dressed for work, I work. Words now appear on the page like magic.
I also found that I needed a place to work that was isolated from my home life. At first, I accomplished this with a wooden shed in the backyard. But when we moved to an apartment downtown, using a bedroom as an office wasn’t enough. I was always at work and always at home. My word count progress was dismal.
Then I walked by a business that advertised co-working space. What on earth was that? It turns out to be a shared open plan office space with a completely quiet floor. I could work at a professional office only three blocks from home. Perfect! My productivity went through the roof and now my work life is separated from my home life.
Life is good!
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