No matter how much you like your job, after some time and for whatever reason, working in an office environment will get you down and you long for some time off. That is why weekends become such a shining moment and something you keep on waiting for. Way back in the Sixties those great Australians The Easybeats came up with one of the best musical expressions of that longing, Friday On My Mind, showing not only how much you want the arrival of that freedom time, but boasting one of great guitar riffs of its time (these guys later on brought along AC/DC too). But then, what if you don’t work in an office, or you never did, quite a general case if you are a writer in some form or another (with exceptions, of course)? What does the weekend mean to you, and is there, or should there be something as free time?
Ok, maybe you haven’t opened the door of an office unless yow wanted a loan from the bank, but then you still have that “weekend feeling” in you, at least from the days when your parents had to keep on waking you up to go to school every (week)day. If nothing else, the weekend is a symbol of everything that does not resemble anything that has a sense of obligation, and most of all, a time when you can think of anything you wish or comes up to your mind.
But then, if you are a writer, isn’t that your work? Thinking about anything you wish or comes up to your mind. It does though involve noting it down and arranging in in some kind of a semblance (even James Joyce did that with Finnegans Wake, don’t kid yourself). So, as a writer you got something of a problem, or a dilemma as far as weekends (or free time in general) are concerned - do you just keep on going about your “job” and ignore the weekend, particularly as symbol of free time in general or you-you draw a chalk line on a blackboard (anybody use these anymore?) and say, this is my free time, I simply won’t think about anything?
I’d say that as a writer you don't have much choice - you can’t do either of those. On one hand, you cannot neglect those good ideas (and bad ones) can come at any time and anywhere, free time, weekend or not. On the other, a weekend is some kind of a freedom symbol and it has to exist, even just as a symbol. That is why you need to have that Easybeats song somewhere in some form (many of those these days) ready and have Friday on your mind.
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