I came across this article today and it resonated with me. We all aspire to become an excellent writer and hold famed authors up in our esteem as the ‘perfect’ writer or writers. However, not every work they produce is ‘perfect’. This not only shocks us but also gives us solace in the knowledge, even our heroes can fail. I have found a decrease in quality to be most prevalent in long sagas or series. Does the author become disillusioned or bored with the stories? A seven book deal may sound wonderful at the inception but by book five, is it still enjoyable?
Friday is the day many of us yearn for all week – probably not the best way to live our lives when you think about it but there it is, the phenomenon that is the weekend versus the week day slog.
When we have a writing project and a full time job, the lure of our narrative is strong – in fact it can give us a real feeling of dissatisfaction with our normal routines. We ask ourselves why we are ‘wasting’ time on other things when all our muse wants to do is write. I have experienced this dilemma many times, as I’m sure have you. In fact, just this week, I managed to squeeze in two blissful three hour editing and revision sessions prior to evening meetings. The temptation to ‘skip’ the meetings was hard to resist but I did – I have another compulsion to stand by my commitments!
So how do you balance the ‘real’ work week with your ‘writing wishes’?
Do you cram in as much as possible over the weekends, in defiance of chores, commitments or family?
It is not always easy to shut ourselves away with laptop or pen and paper. Our story’s characters chatter to us, ideas for the plot or next crucial scene emerge at the most inconvenient times. All of these add to our frustration but maybe it is best to understand our compulsion and make small adjustments to our routine to accompany them.
Can you get up earlier than the rest of the household or maybe stay up later?
Can you escape to the local library, cafe or park for a few hours?
Can you dedicate a period of time each weekday or weekend to writing, when your family will leave you alone?
What strategies have you applied to help your writing schedule? Care to share?
Quote – “You can’t write a novel all at once, any more than you can swallow a whale in one gulp. You do have to break it up into smaller chunks. But those smaller chunks aren’t good old familiar short stories. Novels aren’t built out of short stories. They are built out of scenes.” —Orson Scott Card
So today’s prompt is? You’ve guessed it – an idea on making time to write.