Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Finding Time To Write

As a writer, I have learned many lessons about the art of putting together a tale that excites the reader and brings them back for more. Nothing could have prepared me more than the negative feedback on how the passive voice was too much or the pronouns were too confusing. Now that I feel that I have gotten the hang of that part, there is a new anxiety, entering contests and other anthologies.

Now, I am going to make the excuse that I don't have time to write my book and do additional writing for others. I have a good friend that does both and is extremely gifted and pouring her talent into as many projects as she can squeeze into a 24 hour day. As for me, after the grind at work and then coming home to children, it is difficult to hammer out 1000 words or even 500 for that matter. So what is my solution?

I write a little bit at a time throughout the day. Whether it is on my break at work, maybe an idea on my phone, or at the end of the work day. I email myself the snippets and put them together when I get home. This is not the finished product. The story will need tweaking once all the parts
and pieces are put together. I have found this works for me also when I am writing a story with time jumps. I won't have to focus on one specific idea. If there is a character that has me stumped, I can go to another place in the story and add some background which can help development the initial character.

So there you are. For those of you who say you don't have the time or there is too much going on or even that you just can't do it. Yes you can. Give it a try.