I DON’T HAVE TIME…

images_014Who does, but that’s the point of this blog. I should be doing laundry, making out a new “to-do” list, answering email, anything but sitting here striking at the letters on the keyboard, OR is this what I should be doing and letting other things get done later? I choose this and will not sweat the small stuff, if the dinner salad does not have a tomato sliced in it, or the laundry does not get done until tomorrow. I’m not going anywhere and the jeans I have on are clean, my sweatshirt is clean and warm. Hey, even the coffee pot is still warm.

Yet, there are times we tend to make our “to-do” lists bigger than necessary, and still leave room to add more on at the bottom. Sometimes, this makes us feel important, until we cannot cross off even one item. The more we have to do, the more we can do, right? Not since the last time I looked at my list before the shredder ate everything off the paper.?

Yes, there are always errands to run, appointments for doctors, dentists and other important items, and once these get accomplished, we can write. WRONG. Somewhere down the list, we forgot to enter in our writing time. For a lot of writers, published and not-yet published, this is foremost the important part of our lives. Why? There is no list needed to remind us to write. Writers write and we are the writers. But if you are new to the living world of writers, you might use a big, like huge, colorful sticky on your computer. This will trigger your mind to know what you should be doing.

Even if you have fifteen minutes, you can write. You might read over what you wrote earlier, do a touch-up to a few words (better known as a revision). Or, you might get in the mood with ‘Morning Pages.’ Remember The Artist’s Way and the morning pages? These pages are for no one but you. You can scribble, draw pictures, develop your lovely lady or find ways to make hero a great villain and likeable at the same time.

What helps a writer is to establish a routine, but make certain it is not chiseled in stone. Another idea is to write even when you don’t know what you will write. This is one of the best ways to begin and follow your heart with words. Writing every day sets the pattern of a writer, but writing every day at the same time helps your writing become more efficient. Sure, we stumble along the path and when that happens, step back, take a deep breath and think small. You are not sitting down to write the complete manuscript at one time, rather scenes of the manuscript.

And, be prepared to write and write and write. Sometimes garbage fills the page, but before you delete or cross through, keep your writing just the way you put it on the screen. You never know when these words may be just the ones you need at a certain scene in your manuscript. Remember, writing is never finished until you add “THE END” to the last page, and then you may make many more changes again.

Happy Writing Every Day. Happy Morning Pages. Happy Garbage Writing.

JUST WRITE

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Writing. Plotting. Thinking.

images_080These are the hard parts of writing and it is work. If you are one of the lucky writers and stay at home, this is your full-time job. Do you create your own work zone? Sometimes, we think we need a whole room, like a home office, but you can create your own corner, your special place.

You don’t see people, so why dress up? Why? Because you are going to work and should discard the p.j’s, slippers, and bathrobe. This might be a great time to try out the new hair style, paint your nails different colors, and a definite to makeup. Now, don’t you feel better?

If you are a male writer, the first three items are to be discarded, but you need to include a shave or at least brush the beard, spray a little cologne around your area. This will give your senses something to work with.

It is lonely. You do not see others, talk to others, just write, write, write. But watch out. You must set boundaries of times you are answering emails, checking out social media, writing your blog, updating your website, and leave the coffee-time friends until the day is over.

Keep track of your time and the number of words you added to this day. Of course, this might be the day for revisions, or new submissions, or research. This is a good way to keep your writing going forward and you feel great at the end of the day.

When you begin your workday, set an alarm to announce your work is done for the day. Put everything away, go for a walk, or just relax. Tomorrow is another day.

What about the writers who work outside the home? The creative space for you is still the same. A place where you know this for serious writing. Give yourself time to switch gears, have dinner with the family, walk the dog, play with the kids, and then, when the silence enters the rooms, and things settle down, you begin writing. Some days it is writing, some research, some revision, and new submissions. Yes, you do set your alarm and put everything away for the next evening.

Writing is work and we need to work hard and play hard.

Have a productive and positive attitude as you hit the 2015 year. May you accomplish your writing goals and dreams.