It’s Hump Day, everybody! And on this particular Wednesday, I want you to join me here for a new venture on the blog that I’m calling Writing Wednesday. Not only do I have an obsessive desire to read the written word, I also aspire to create something that will one day sit proudly on a bookstore shelf to be obsessively desired by other bibliophiles!
As a mother to four children who was working fifty hours a week, finding time to actually sit down and get my ideas out was a problem for me. Fate has currently interceded in the start up of the new school year and a temporary work hiatus, so accompany me on this journey to fulfill a lifelong dream of mine.
I found myself dealing with two main issues this week as a full time writer, and they are my topics this week.
1. Time Management
When I was working full time AND single parenting, my issue with time was that I never had any. And while I realize that not everyone has the luxury to write full time without juggling a job, kids, and other requirements of life, the rules for managing your writing time are basically the same. You have to schedule, or make an appointment to write, and keep it. Mid-morning seems to work best for me. I grab a cup of coffee and sit in front of my computer screen. Some days the words flow from the minute I sit down. Others, I have to work to get the juices flowing. But I can feel my creative mind adjusting to expect and conform to this productivity window daily.
2. Getting your ideas down
Stories and characters really do have lives of their own, and as writers, we can never predict when they are going to take center stage in our conscious mind and put on a show for us. And one lesson that I’ve learned the hard way is to get those ideas down while they’re fresh, because you never seem to piece the puzzle back together in that perfect way when you’re trying to work it out on paper later. I always keep a mini notebook with me. When that isn’t a convenient option, in this day of technology saturated life, almost everyone has a smart phone with a voice memo feature.
Well, I hope you’ve found some useful tips to be gathered from my first week back in the writing saddle. Please join me again next week to see what I’ve learned for a new list of writing do’s and don’ts.