I’ve recently been under a lot of stress. In fact, it’s gotten to the point where it felt like my whole brain wanted to short-circuit. (Not going to give a whole blow-by-blow again, but if you’re wondering what it’s like, you can take a good look here.)
I’ve been griping a lot about my currently available amount of time lately. (Ask anyone who’s volunteered to host me for my blog tour.)
And just to make sure that everyone understands what I’m talking about:
Since the beginning of January, I have been working full days and then some, and then spent the remainder in a place with no Internet. Which means that my usual schedule of doing my work and finishing and then going over into writing has pretty much fallen by the way-side.
I’m hoping that this will change in the near future as we fall into more of a routine. (And we no longer have to rent a place with no internet reception.) But in the meantime, I think my expected writing time has been reduced by two thirds.
No, I’m not kidding.
I’m still getting stuff done. A lot of stuff. Two weeks into February and I’ve written and/or edited the equivalent of almost 40k words. I probably would have been there already but for a work function that kept me up until midnight on Thursday, but anyway.
I think this rate of output, given the amount of time I’ve had available, is impressive enough for me to sound like I know where I’m coming from.
Because I bet there are quite a few of you who are thinking: How in the heck is she managing that?!
My answer comes down to something like this.
Just keep writing.
I mean, I could have been going into a blind panic about my entire schedule changing, but instead, I wrote. I could have complained about my lack of internet at night.
I wrote instead.
I could have worried about the fact that I have less time to get things done… But… you know… I got things done.
I’m not going to say it’s easy. I’ve basically given up on my reading until I’ve 1) finished formatting Endless and 2) finished the rewrite I’m currently working on.
I’ve also swapped my whole writing routine around so that I can write at night and an hour every morning instead of in the late afternoon and early evening as I’m used to.
But write, I am writing. And apparently at an amazing rate.
So if you’re in the same boat where you’re struggling to find your usual writing time, don’t give up.
If you can find five minutes every day, write for five minutes. If you can find twenty minutes, write for twenty minutes. No, it might not be the hour you believe you need, but it adds up to a whole lot more than nothing if you keep waiting for that perfect hour to show up.
And there you have it. My secret to writing a lot of words.
How much time in a day do you usually use to write? Have you ever needed to swap your routine around to fit your writing in?
Yeah yeah. I know. It’s August and I still haven’t finished April’s A to Z Challenge. I’m getting there, though.
For those of you who missed it, my theme was: Things Writers Should Know About Writing, and I planned to post once a week on the theme until it was done. But then I published two books and held a month long blog tour…
Which actually brings me to the whole point of today’s post.
Since I define writers as people who are writing, (as supposed to people who say “I have this great idea, but I just don’t have time…”) this relates to actual writers having time.
More specifically, I want to point out that writers very rarely have any time to spare. We never have enough time to write enough. And when we do, we don’t have time for anything else.
It’s a curse, I tell you.
It is, however, quite normal, and you needn’t feel guilty about it.
Nor should you feel guilty when you steal time.
Or when you make time, be it to write or not.
You’re writing. Even if it’s only a small bit at a time.
You’re writing, and that’s the important thing.
What’s your relationship with time like?
Before I start on today’s post, I just want to ask that you check out yesterday’s announcement. I’d love it if you took part!
I’m not quite where I want to be with my editing, but that’s fine. I’m finally getting back to working office hours at the day-job.
This isn’t really troublesome, since often my job has plenty of waiting periods where I can get some writing/editing/blogging/whatever else I need to do in. (I work for my family firm, working from our house, in case you were wondering how I got this lucky.)
Today, though, is a bit of a tough one because of the cake decorating course I’m taking. Don’t get me wrong. It’s fun and really interesting. But the classes are long and often require more intense concentration than you’d think.
So tonight… I’m going to kick back and not feel guilty.
I don’t need to, because tomorrow’s South Africa’s presidential elections, which means the whole country shuts down (again). Good for me because it’ll probably take me a few minutes to vote, and I’ll have the whole day to edit. So I can still finish The Vanished Knight‘s edits by tomorrow.
Just not by forcing myself to try and edit tonight, and then not concentrating which means I have to redo it all again tomorrow.
Sometimes, it really is more efficient to not work at something.
Anyone else editing? How’s it going?
I can’t believe that we’re at the end of April already. Because it’s the last Friday of this month, it’s Update Day for my bloghop.
Thanks so much for the comments to yesterday’s post. I decided to stop whining and look at the query again.
Mistake I’d made this time: I put too much importance on it. You see… I’m not excluding any publishing method at this stage. The only reason why I’m querying now is so that I can say I tried it. If it fails, I’m not going to worry about it too much.
It just means I wasn’t meant to go the traditional route. I’ll take another.
In the mean time, I looked at my most recently drafted query. It sucked.
So I decided to take a completely new approach to the query and I think it’s pretty dang good. Just waiting for the dust to settle, then I’ll be editing it again.
In the mean time, I started the monumental task of summarizing Doorways so that I can write the synopsis. I have 70 chapters. So far, I’ve finished 13.
That’s not the only monumental task I have in front of me. It’s not even the most urgent I have to finish my grandmother’s painting. You know… the one that’s supposed to be her Christmas gift.
I’m filled with jitters about it. It’s all good and well to do one for myself, but this is for my Grandmother’s Christmas present, so I really don’t want to mess it up. But I only have 6 days and so much detail work to do that I’m terrified.
Sigh. Sorry if today’s post is mixed up. I have a few too many things vying for my attention today.
Anyone else as messed up as me this time of the year? What do you need to get done and soon?