So today I wrote for a bunch of the day, and I worked on a different project. And I also took a 20 minute break to vacuum the family room area–which, admittedly has needed it for some time. My brain wandered as I was vacuuming, I realized that something I had written earlier in the day needed to be changed, and I realized exactly how it needed to change.
When I was done vacuuming, I went to the manuscript and made that change. It’s better. Without that break, and without the meandering of the work I was doing, I may never have caught the wave I did, and the manuscript would not have been as good as it could have been.
Before I left my cushy corporate job, several people asked how many hours I would be working. I said that it depends on what you count as work. So, I ask: how do I categorize that 30 minutes?