Wednesday, September 7, 2016

#IWSG How Do You Find Time To Write?



The Insecure Writer’s Support Group 
Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
 
Founder Alex J. Cavanaugh's awesome co-hosts for the September 7 posting of the IWSG are C. Lee McKenzie, Rachel Pattison, Elizabeth Seckman, Stephanie Faris, Lori L MacLaughlin, and Elsie Amata!
 

 
 

September 7 Question: How do you find the time to write in your busy day?
 
My daily schedule revolves around writing. My writers' group meets at a local library, The Makiki Community Library, which is celebrating its 40th Anniversary this month. For the two days of celebration, I am arranging for our group to hold hourly discussions on topics of writing, plus hold two fundraising events. I recently critiqued a mystery novel manuscript and am in the process of reading a memoir for the same purpose. I am also spearheading plans for our next anthology.
 
In answer to the September 7 Question, I take a lot of short breaks during the day for meals, laundry, grocery shopping, and other necessities. But the majority of my hours from 6am to midnight are spent on reading and writing projects. Right now my focus is the anthology short story and two flash-fiction length stories for another anthology. When I am not actually writing the stories, I am researching or thinking about the next step, editing, and rewriting.   

I am not always sitting in front of the computer typing out words. Sometimes my writing is done longhand in a notebook. Other days, the words swim around my subconscious until a thought forms. At one time, I sold real estate for five years. The main thing as a realtor was to "always be selling." As an author, the main thing is to "always be writing."

Do you only think about writing while sitting with your hands on the keyboard, or is your mind on writing 24/7?


10 comments:

  1. Taking those breaks is essential. I find my eyes, my back, and my head suffer if I don't get up and do other things.

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  2. This year I published two novels, each dedicated to a parent marking their birth 100 years ago. I learned the hard way what too much sitting does to the hips and knees. Yes, "get up and do other things" is great advice for all writers.

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  3. Kudos. Sounds like you're pretty disciplined,Gail.

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    1. Ah, sounds can be deceiving, Sandra. ThgThgank you for visiting.

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  4. Wow, it really does sound like you've got your act together. When I'm working on a project, it's always in my consciousness, even if I'm not aware of it all the time. Good luck!

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    1. Thanks, Karen. Yes, those pesky stories are always lurking. I wake up with them.

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  5. I hand write and type. Either one.

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    1. Shelly, sometimes I like to hand write, also. It gives me more time to let the story gel.

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  6. My imagination is always churning. I have become more of a typist over to the years at the keyboard but still do longhand from time to time.

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    1. Thanks for visiting today. It's good for us to use longhand once in a while to stay closer to the words. The computer seems to drain some of the emotion.

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