With Thanksgiving behind us we are heading hard and fast into the holiday season. Decorating. Shopping. Events and more. How does a writer find the time to write?
For some of us it isn’t entirely a choice. This is how I keep the lights on. I like electricity and water and all the other utilities and food is amazing too. Since none of this is free, I have to work. In the past three days I have agreed to write another series book for Red Line. It isn’t nearly as long as the majority of the books that I’ve written for them so I suspect that it will be due before Christmas. I also just received a rewrite request from e-future in Korea for the early reader that I sent them. I write to pay the bills and I also write because I have editors who want my work, but even if you are still trying to break in you should keep writing too. Here are a few tips.
- Decide to write. I know it sounds goofy but step 1 really is making the decision to do it. And thinking “I’ll write if I can find the time” is not what I mean. Decide that you will write. Set specific goals.
- Be realistic. This is a busy time of year so be realistic about what you can get done. You may not be able to draft a chapter but what about a page or two?
- Train your family. It may not be easy but if someone interrupts you, send them on their merry way. Seriously. My son learned early on that he could come get me “if it is on fire, has stopped breathing or is bleeding.” Of course that means he didn’t come get me when he knocked the mirror off the wall but no system is perfect.
- Do the holiday thing. Don’t pass over the holiday fun. After you’ve given yourself time to write, celebrate. You need to recharge your creative batteries!
Now that I’ve met my writing goal, you’ll have to excuse me. There is Thanksgiving dessert with my name on it.