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Weekly Wednesday Writing Wrap-Up #9

This week has been quite full-on. Between vaccinations for the boys, and a visit to the emergency room with my 4-year-old (he fell over and cut his face quite badly), I’ve had a lot of excitement, action and trauma that’s been completely unrelated to writing. But that doesn’t mean that I haven’t had some writing successes as well.

Firstly, I seem to have beaten the minor writer’s block that I was feeling. I know, I know, writer’s block is all in your head. And I know I hadn’t mentioned it. I think I’ve just been so excited by my entire novel idea, and the non-outlining outlining that I’ve done, that I was finding it hard to get my head into the nuts and bolts of actually writing the damn thing. It’s like vomiting razor blades, I tell you.

But I have been writing again. And now I feel like I’m on a bit of a roll. So, onwards and upwards!

Speaking on onwards and upwards, I’ve also put together a basic synopsis of a 2nd and 3rd book in the series. Am I getting ahead of myself? Yes. But it’s given me a bit of an opportunity to do some meta-world-building that wasn’t necessarily relevant to my current book. And, again, I feel like I’m on a roll. I know the overall story arcs of some of the characters, and that gives me something to aim towards.

I also found myself quite enamoured with Kay Hudson’s ‘Writing a Novel One Hundred Words at a Time’. The basic premise is that you commit to writing a minimum of 100 words every day, for 100 days. If you miss a day, then you have to start again. Writing 100 words is nothing. It takes less than 10 minutes. So, in the spirit of my thoughts on time management yesterday, I have decided to start doing this. Ideally I’ll write more than the 100 words, but it’s a good way to make sure that I never use the “I didn’t have time” excuse.

Anyone interested in joining me?


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Hours for sale: Get ’em while they’re hot!

Writing is hard work. It takes time, dedication, time, practice, inspiration, time, persistence, time and time. Among other things. And being a professional writer isn’t just about the writing.

As Kristen Lamb explains, being a professional writer means writing, reading, perfecting the craft, editing, organising, marketing, planning, researching, blogging, speaking, teaching, and running a business.

So how do you fit it all into an already busy schedule??

Yuvi Zalkow has recently completed and posted the second episode in his “I’m a Failed Writer” series, and this one is about Time Management. In this episode, he advises that he can solve all of your time management issues with 3 simple words:

Have A Baby

Yuvi then goes on to talk about our relationship to time, rather than any specific time management techniques. It reminds me of the quote from Lucille Ball:

If you want something done, ask a busy man to do it.
The more things you do, the more you can do.

Although I don’t have a lot of “free time” I try to use it to my best advantage. And I do as much multi-tasking as I can. For example, I use the time spent rocking my baby to sleep to read other blogs, and plan my own blog posts. I also keep pages of my WIP with me all the time  in case I have a few spare minutes to do some editing (eg. in a doctor’s waiting room).

What kind of relationship do you have with your free time?
Any tips you’d like to share?

(But in all seriousness, if someone finds a way to create and sell extra hours to add into a day, please let me know. I’ll be first in line.)

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