Monday, April 6, 2015

Finding time to write

Hi gang,

It's been a busy spring for me, not only am I finishing writing Tourist Trap #6, I had edits and page proofs for Dressed to Kill (Tourist Trap #4) and Killer Run (Tourist Trap #5). I love revisiting South Cove and making sure all the i's are dotted and the t's crossed.

I've also been juggling some serious family health issues.  The good news is the bulk of the appointments and worries are crossed off the lists. The bad news is I'm worn out.

So it's been a struggle to find the energy to dive into the work in progress and find my creative spark that makes the stories fun for me to write and, hopefully, fun for the reader as well.

As a new author, I heard my peers complain about not having enough time to write. Like the universe would just stop the world for a day, let us get 3000 - 5000 words and then restart the rest of life. Kind of like having our own Samantha from Bewitched. Remember when she wanted to have a private conversation with her mother? If I had a superpower or knew witchcraft, that's the one spell I'd want to perfect.

I might even use the time to take a long, hot bath and catch up on some reading. Okay, maybe I shouldn't have the power. :)

Instead, I've been going back to basics. I've made a writing plan, set out weekly and daily word goals, and have been turning off the internet while I write. When I reach the first 1000 words, I take a break. Then, and this is the important step, I come back and write for 1000 more. Writing 3000 words a day and having a full time job is doable, just maybe not sustainable for the long haul.

Good news? I only need 20000 more to finish. And, for me, the last part of the book flies while I tie up loose ends and put my main character in jeopardy. I just have to remember she needs to save herself rather than wait for help to arrive.

I'll let you know how it goes next month when I return.


  1. I think this is a common problem of all of us who are writers. Not easy to cram everything that needs done in one day. You sound determined, so I'm guessing you'll do what you need to accomplish.

    1. I am determined. Some would say bull headed. :)