Wednesday, August 30, 2006

The Flexibility of Time

Sounds like a great title, right? I should be launching right about now into an exciting discourse on time travel, or temporal streams, or the space-time continuum, right?

Actually, what I'm blogging on is time itself. Finding the time to write is a challenge for every writer. Seems like there's always another email to answer, or a promo activity to bite into. Then there's the world outside your head that wants its own attention.

My solution is ten-minute pushes. If I can sit down for ten minutes and type a sentence, I feel like I've accomplished something, and my brain is now free to jump up again and do the laundry (or search that one websie, or whatever). But those same ten minutes can seem like forever if the words aren't coming. I literally get fidgety when I can't click, or get up and pick at a snack. And yet ten minutes aren't anything if I'm on a roll. I look up and the timer has dinged and gone, and my butt's cramping from sitting on one leg for so long.

But a handful of good ten-minute pushes makes for a great day. I can't say that I've had a great day today, but at least I can go to sleep knowing that I made progress.

And that's a good feeling.


Bernadette Gardner and Jennifer Colgan said...

The serarch for more time, every writer's biggest challenge. My problem is, I try to get the chores out of the way first, so I can set up a good stretch of time to write - and that's usually about the time some mild disaster occurs like the kids decide they need to eat a meal immediately, the phone rings off the hook, the meter readers shows up at the front door and the dog turns into a werewolf on speed. It never seems to fail.

Angela Verdenius said...

oh man, time is my enemy! I never have enough, especially when I'm working. By the time I get up, check emails, cook tea, get ready for work...I'm lucky to get half an hour of writing in. Sometimes not at all. Which probably explains why on my nights off work, I write frantically until the wee hours of the morn.

Doesn't help that I'm a great procrastinator! LOL

Angela *whine whine whine*

MK Mancos/Kathleen Scott said...

I'm so lucky to work 12 hour shifts, 3 nights a week. Most nights I can outline in between seeing my patients and on my nights off I write or critique like a mad woman. My critique partner is kind of being dragged along at my hyperspeed writing style. Bless her heart for keeping up with me...that's a tall order for anyone.

As for chores...I let them go for as long as possible. I'll hire a maid when I'm famous. Hehehehehehee


Lynda K. Scott said...

I write slloowwwwww for a variety of reasons, lack of time being only one of them. However, I plod along (rather like the tortoise) one word, one sentence, one paragraph, one page at a time. Eventually, the book is done.

I guess that's why I have as my personal writing motto --
Books are written...little by little as the cat eats the fish.

Skylar Masey said...

I try to write atleast 2-4 hours a day no matter how crazy things are. But some days as you've all said things don't always work out. On those ocassions when I can't keep up with all the things popping up like gophers to pound at an arcade, I relish 1 page. It's a simple goal, but if I make it I rest easy for the night. If not I continually push until I catch up to what I've plotted out as my weekly goal.

I don't know if you'll all agree but I sleep best the night after finishing a book:0)