Blue team winner is Jay Uppal from UK.
Today is the first day of guest posts covering me while I'm on vacation. Thank you to everyone who sent in posts. It was awesome. I will return to blogging Monday, April 16th.
Guest Post Schedule:
4/2 - Finding writing time (Julie Duck)
4/4 - Tacking revisions (Robin reul)
4/6 - The art of self pubbing (Allison Moon)
4/9 - Book trailers (Becki)
4/11 - Marketing postcards (Caroline Rose)
4/13 - Link sharing in publicity (Imogen Reed)
Finding Those Invisible Pockets of Writing Time
I know of several latent writers who sigh when I tell them I spent the night writing. They usually say, “I want to do that, but I don’t have the time.” I can relate to this statement, which is false, because I must have said it myself 255 times (oddball number for good measure) during the 20 years I spent not writing fiction.
Why is it false? Because there are pockets of time that writers can put their hands into, in order to get things done. Just like taking small steps toward a weight loss goal, a writer can accomplish a great deal by grasping the concept of “little bits” and making it work. Here are a few ways you can find those invisible pockets of time to concept, write, edit and swoon over your stories:
When the kids are taking a bath - You can sit in the bathroom with them, or nearby and hash out ideas and plots. You can even take your laptop or tablet in there with you, although I don’t recommend it because bath time is often tsunami time as well.
Early in the morning – Okay, so you’ll need to make an extra big pot of coffee and be “very, very quiet” to do this, but jumping out of bed to write can not only help you get that precious time in, but start your day on the “write” foot. I think it’s better to write in the morning than exercise, much to my doctor’s chagrin.
Lunch time – Why on earth would you want to write while you’re trying to eat a sandwich and do it all in 60 minutes or less? Because writing is like eating – you have to do it. Your workday break can give you the pocket in which to put a few hundred words, a page here, a page there. It can only put you ahead (make sure you keep all sodas away from the keyboard).
In the dead of night – This is when I write, and I’ll admit it is hard sometimes to sit down, clear out the mind and go for it. You might be tired, but there’s no better way to wake up your brain than write at night. Plus, you can take the excitement of your story to bed with you, which serves to make you feel eager to do it again the next day. If you’re lucky, you might even dream about what comes next in your story.
Waiting – Got a doctor’s appointment? Writing is a better way to spend time in the lobby than reading a mottled copy of Good Housekeeping. Take a pad of paper with you, or your tablet. I’ve put more words down while waiting for medical tests and doctors than I can recall.
Most of all, don’t stuff your pockets with monumental writing goals that make you feel pressured. If you tell yourself that it’s “4,000 words a day or bust,” you’ll only feel like you can’t do it, which is likely because, in reality, most of us cannot. Simply take things in stride, find the moments that work for getting the words in, and the story will unfold before your eyes.
Sometimes it takes a swift kick to start doing what you love. For Julie Rieman Duck, it was more like a full body slam. A health scare and loss of her editing job put Julie square in front of a choice: Do what I love, or do nothing? The decision to write again after 20 years of shelving her voice brought about edgy young adult novels, such as the recently released A Place In This Life and SWELL, little rooms and soon-to-be-released The Joy & Torture of Joshua James.
Today, Julie bounces between copywriting by day, fiction writing by night and never compromising her love for the written word. You can visit her at:
- Web site: www.julieduck.com
- Blog: www.julieduck.wordpress.com
- Twitter: skodobah
- Goodreads: Julie Rieman Duck