Hours in the Day (or should I say, minutes?)

There just never seems to be enough time to do all the things I need to do. I’m already booked with recurring events Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and some Wednesdays and weekends are always busy.

Just where the heck am I going to find time to write? I know I’m not reading as much as I want (see less than a book every two months at the moment) and a number of other activities are being put to the wayside.

There are still a couple things I can give up. Eating is one and sleeping is coming up quickly.

No, that’s not entirely true. I just need to arrange my time so I’m writing in the gaps where I’m currently doing fun things like thinking and breathing.

Anyone out there playing their little violins yet? 🙂

It’s really not a problem actually. I keep forgetting that even if all I write is 200 words in an evening, that will still generate 1400 words a week. Not bad by many standards.

Instead, I keep looking for those big blocks of time where I can sit and type for two or three hours at a stretch. They just don’t exist, unfortunately so I’ve got to take what I can get.

Maybe that’s the lesson here. Don’t wait for the perfect time to write. Simply do it whenever you have a few minutes. If you string enough small sessions together in a day/night you will still be very productive.

That means my new goal is to find four fifteen minute periods per day for the next week and write/revise in each. If that is too long, I’ll shorten the time to six – ten minute sessions and so on with the intent of writing for one hour per day. Maybe I’ll even manage to do more. After all, now is the time to be training for NaNoWriMo.

Personal Update

I’m still revising – haven’t had the big blocks of time I wanted as mentioned above. Still, I’m moving forward.

Also working on narrowing the NaNo idea down so I can pre-plot some of it. That and evangelize NaNo and continue podcasting. If you are planning to participate, please make me a writing pal. My NaNo handle is, strangely enough, mplested. We can encourage each other to victory.



  1. You’re already on my friends list… And did you know that we’re already cheering about your awesome interview on the boards? You should stop by the regional forum, say hello.

    Philippa Ballantine might be taking part with us as well!

  2. Thank you for spreading the word. I will definitely pop by the forums.

    Glad to hear Pip might be taking part. She is one busy lady. Did I mention she has a brand new book coming out in November? Geist will be coming out under the Ace imprint. It is an awesome story and well-worth picking up.

  3. Actually, I’ll be putting up a link to the trailer on my blog later tonight. Also, I’ve been handing out postcards that she sent me to help advertise it coming out!

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