I’ve been thinking a lot lately about trying to carve out a set time in my day for writing, but often the time I have doesn’t jibe with the time I’m most creative — or awake enough to string two decent sentences together. Work life and home life have had some adjustments in schedule, so I’ve been trying out something new.
Used to be I could take an hour every day for lunch, and I used that hour to write. I’d haul my personal netbook down to the office cafeteria, pick a relatively quiet area, and write. (Side note, Forbidden Fantasies was written nearly exclusively during my lunch hour!)
Lately, though, I’ve got conference calls back to back nearly all day almost every day, so I got out of the habit of bringing my netbook. No more. It’s coming with me every day. If I get an unexpected break, I’m prepared to step away from my desk and make words. Sometimes I can’t take a whole hour, but even 30 minutes where I can look at my writing helps – in more ways than one. Keeps the story in my mind AND gives me a mental break from my day job.
After family stuff is done, which is usually around 9pm, I do what I can – write, do promo, blog posts, whatever. I’m trying very hard for a minimum of 1K a night. I don’t always make it, but I do try. And occasionally, I even shut down Twitter to do it. (Sometimes, I *have* to shut down Twitter to do it!)
And I’m also working later in the day to keep up with customers on the west coast, so I’ve been starting a bit later in the morning. I’ve been getting up, making sure my teen gets out the door to school, and then I’m opening my document and doing edits of the things I’ve written the day/night before. It’s a surprisingly effective use of time; by the time I get that break at lunch, where I’ve left off is clean and ready for me to move on.
I’d love to hear how everyone else juggles their schedules. Not just authors, but bloggers / reviewers too. You all do a lot of reading and writing; when/how do you fit it in? And readers — how do you make time to read? Do you look for one big chunk of time, or do you read in….spurts?
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